Snow covers Wrigley Field, delays Cubs home opener

Esther Moore
April 11, 2018

Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of Wrigley Field in the snow prior to a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ivan Nova will take the hill for the third time of the campaign, hoping to rebound from a rough outing. He struck out four and has held Pittsburgh, posting a 1.50 ERA in two career starts versus the Buccos. He is 2-1 in four career starts against the Cubs. Of the five hits Nova allowed, four went for extra bases, including a home run by Brian Dozier.

Although the home opener brings a special type of excitement to Wrigley Field, reliever Carl Edwards Jr. didn't seem to bummed that the team wouldn't be playing in 30-degree weather.

The Chicago Cubs have pushed back the scheduled start time for their home opener because of a steady snowfall over Wrigley Field.

Rizzo said the discomfort surfaced during Monday's loss to the Reds. It opened the season with a 5-4 road trip to Miami, Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

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Roger Bossard, the head groundskeeper for the White Sox, said the Cubs had to deal with more than 3 inches of snow. The 25-year old second baseman is only hitting.154 on the season with zero homers, however he has driven in four runs. Their pitching has been solid, sporting a 2.88 team ERA, good for fourth in the Major Leagues. Two batters later, Thames tied with game with a homer to straightaway center off starter Kyle Hendricks.

Rizzo said his low back tightness has been getting better each day and right now, it's just a matter of ensuring this doesn't linger throughout the next six-plus months.

I am taking the Cubs in this one. He allowed two runs in his first start against Minnesota and did not walk a batter, then threw the one-hitter Sunday against Cincinnati.

Nova was hit hard in his latest start, and the Pirates are swinging the bats well. "I can't play tomorrow and set myself back 10 days or 5-6 days". After first pushing back the game an hour, the Cubs ultimately chose to postpone until Tuesday afternoon, which was a day off in the schedule for just such an eventuality.

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