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Cubs, Dodgers postponed, split doubleheader Tuesday

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The Cubs have their first postponement of 2021.

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The threat of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms in the Chicago area Monday evening has prompted the Cubs to postpone the scheduled 6:40 p.m. game against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs had gone through the first 28 games of 2021 without even a rain delay, which is somewhat unusual for April weather in Chicago (and Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Cincinnati, the outdoor road venues where they’ve played so far).

The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Tuesday, with Game 1 at 1:20 p.m. CT and Game 2 at 6:40 p.m. CT. Both games will run seven innings.

Here’s what the Cubs say about the rescheduled games.

Tickets to tonight’s postponed game will be valid to use for tomorrow’s rescheduled 1:20 p.m. contest. Gates are expected to open approximately 90 minutes prior to first pitch. Mobile tickets via the MLB Ballpark app will automatically update with the makeup game information. No ticket exchange is necessary.

Separate tickets are required for each game. Fans must exit the ballpark after the completion of the makeup game. Gates will reopen approximately 90 minutes after the last pitch of the first game for the regularly scheduled 6:40 p.m. CT game.

Now I’m going to open the complaint department door.

This forecast has been known for 48 hours, at least. It’s been consistent all day, radars have shown heavy rain heading for Chicago all afternoon.

This decision could have, and should have, been made at noon today, instead of making players and gameday staff report to work. I had just gotten out of my car to head to the bleacher gate when I heard the news; many fans were in the area already.

Calling the game off earlier would have allowed people to make alternate plans for Monday and not have to go to the ballpark.

The complaint department is now closed again.