CHICAGO -- Nature interfered with the Cardinals-Cubs series once again Wednesday, as inclement weather forced the two teams to postpone the game until Thursday at Wrigley Field.The first game of the series on Monday was postponed because of snow until July 21, when the division rivals will play a day-night
CHICAGO -- Nature interfered with the Cardinals-Cubs series once again Wednesday, as inclement weather forced the two teams to postpone the game until Thursday at Wrigley Field.
The first game of the series on Monday was postponed because of snow until July 21, when the division rivals will play a day-night doubleheader on the North Side.
Wednesday's game was rescheduled for Thursday at 1:20 pm CT. Tickets for Wednesday's game will be accepted for entry to the stadium on Thursday.
Jonathan Lester (1-0, 4.40 ERA) will face Luke Weaver (2-0, 2.08 ERA) on Thursday. Lester did not get a decision in his most recent outing, giving up four earned runs on seven hits over five innings against the Pirates. The veteran left-hander was most bothered by the walks -- he issued three -- and said he needs to "clean that up." Lester was 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA in five starts vs. St. Louis last year.
Walks have been a problem for the Cubs' starting pitchers this season. Tyler Chatwood issued seven free passes on Tuesday night, and Chicago starters rank second in the National League with 45 walks in 15 games.
The Cardinals tweaked their rotation for the series so that Weaver would start instead of Michael Wacha. Adam Wainwright picked up the win on Tuesday in the Cardinals' 5-3 victory.
"We wanted to split up similar pitchers in Waino and Wacha, who are both high, over-the-top right-handers with breaking balls," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday. "We have somebody like Luke, whose slot is completely different. The stuff is completely different. You're always looking -- 'What's that little edge?' That could be one."
How big are these games? Last year, the Cubs took the season series against their National League Central Division rival, 14-5. If you don't include those games in their final records for 2017, the Cubs and the Cardinals would've finished with the same record at 78-65.
"It's fun to play them," Chicago's Anthony Rizzo said. "They've got good hitters. They've got good pitchers. It's always a good game. It'll be fun to get it going."
The Cubs would just like to play. They've had five postponements in the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season. They previously had four prior to playing their first 15 games in 1983.
"It's been choppy. We'll get over that," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. "There's a lot of games to be played."
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.