ST. LOUIS -- Check out what Gordon Wittenmyer wrote in the Sun-Times late Wednesday about the postponement of the game from Wednesday to Thursday:
"I should have got an apartment," catcher Miguel Montero joked when he learned Wednesday’s series finale of the season-opening series was postponed – and that the Cardinals compelled a Thursday afternoon makeup date.
The Cubs expressed a desire to go home Wednesday and play the makeup game during one of the two other trips into St. Louis this season.
"We have no say," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, palms up, referring to the weather.
Left unsaid was the ample say the home team has in rescheduling early season games when off days such as Thursday match up.
Never mind that the rain held off for lengthy windows during the afternoon.
Well, about the rain: it rained hard, off and on, most of the afternoon. The game would have started late and had multiple delays. So the Cardinals did the right thing by calling it off. And it did make some sense to make it up right away, rather than have it stuffed into the schedule later in the season, especially since both teams have another off day next week.
I doubt it was "psychological warfare" on the part of the Cardinals, as Gordo wrote. But you never know.
Here are today's particulars.
Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist 2B, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Montero C, Lackey P, Jay CF
Fowler CF, Diaz SS, Carpenter 1B, Molina C, Adams LF, Grichuk RF, Gyorko 3B, Wong 2B, Lynn P
John Lackey vs. Lance Lynn
John Lackey had a solid spring, and is pitching in this game (as opposed to being further down the rotation, as you might expect from 2016 performances by him and others) because of his record against the Cardinals last year (four starts, 2.03 ERA, 0.938 WHIP, 31 strikeouts in 26⅔ innings) and his good lifetime mark in Busch Stadium (2.02 ERA, 1.110 WHIP in 24 starts).
Lance Lynn is coming off Tommy John surgery. He did not pitch at all in 2016. Current Cubs are 17-for-70 (.243) against him with two home runs, both of those by Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo has hit Lynn well: 10-for-29 (.345) with three doubles and four walks, in addition to the homers.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. It will also be carried by MLB Network (outside the Chicago and St. Louis markets).
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