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Cubs' home opener postponed due to weather, field conditions

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Elias Hubbard | 11 April, 2018, 12:44

The Chicago Cubs postponed their home opener on Monday due to snow.

ABC 7 Chicago was on the scene and says that the grounds crew did everything they could to get Wrigley Field in playing shape but Mother Nature won the day. After first pushing back the game an hour, the Cubs ultimately made a decision to postpone until Tuesday afternoon, which was a day off in the schedule for just such an eventuality.

Maddon also said the postponement does nothing to take away from the special nature of opening day, and he noted the Cubs have played nine games on the road already, going 5-4 and trailing the first-place Pirates by two games.

The National Weather Service predicted more snow or rain on Monday afternoon, but only a few tenths of an inch accumulation.

Milwaukee falls back to.500 on the season at 5-5.

"I woke up and saw everything going on", Maddon told reporters Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune. It has a major league-best 0.94 ERA through 38 1/3 innings. We'll see how it goes.

"We've got a lot of guys with a lot of good stuff", Morrow said.

Tyler Chatwood, who was scheduled to start for the Cubs on Monday opposite Pittsburgh's Ivan Nova, will start Tuesday's rescheduled contest, manager Joe Maddon announced, per CBS 2's Megan Mawicke. They still haven't played at home.

The Chicago Cubs have pushed back the scheduled start time for their home opener because of a steady snowfall over Wrigley Field. I think the first game we played 4 2/3 (innings) and ended up having that one canceled. He allowed two runs in his first start against Minnesota and did not walk a batter, then threw the one-hitter Sunday against Cincinnati. Much of the scoring output has come with All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo out of the lineup with a back injury. Josh Harrison is 0 for 5 against Chatwood, while Gregory Polanco is 2 for 6, and David Freese is 3 for 9.

"They had more snow, so I get it", Bossard said.

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