wrigley field from right bleachersUPDATE: The game’s been postponed. No makeup information announced yet, but it’s going to have to be a shared off day or an attempted double-header tomorrow.

If a Carlos Zambrano appearance wasn’t enough to throw tonight’s game off, the weather might be. It is pouring and nasty in Chicago right now, and few expect the game to get off on time, if at all. We’ll keep an eye on it. MLB’s going to be keen on getting this one in, given that these two teams don’t play again this year after tomorrow.

If the game does go off, The Stache will try to make it three straight awesome starts to kick off the season. Fill-in starter Justin Grimm is on the other side, and is now on Cy Young Watch.

Game Info

Texas Rangers (9-5) at Chicago Cubs (4-9), 7:05 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Game Tickets

If you’re looking for Chicago Cubs tickets at the last minute today, you can use that TiqIQ link there for the secondary market. There are also some available on Cubs.com.

Starting Pitchers

Justin Grimm (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 6.8 BB/9)


Carlos Villanueva (0-0, 0.64 ERA, 1.9 BB/9)

Texas Rangers Lineup

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Elvis Andrus, SS

3. Adrian Beltre, 3B

4. Nelson Cruz, RF

5. David Murphy, LF

6. A.J. Pierzynski, C

7. Mitch Moreland, 1B

8. Leonys Martin, CF

9. Justin Grimm, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Carlos Villanueva, P

  • Tyler

    I really hope they’re able to play this game today, or it’ll be 5 straight days that I haven’t been able to watch a Cubs game.

    And I… I just can’t handle that.

    • Tyler

      And now Paul Sullivan is tweeting that the game is postponed.


      • DarthHater

        Geez, he even plagiarizes the weatherman! 😛

        • mysterious4th

          Then where does the weatherman get his information? Half the time I predict the weather better then the people that get paid for it.

          I sure wanted them to play since A) its on WGN and B) the Cubs would have looked like a decent team against their fill in starter…………maybe……..until the bullpen took over in the 9th.

  • cubzforlife

    Carlos Zambrano had his haircut this morning at the barbershop on the 7100 block of west Grand ave. Its down the street from my job and one of the porters knowing my mania of all things Cubs ran in to tell me. If it would of been Garza I might of went down to say hello and get a picture.

  • fromthemitten

    damn it

  • Cyranojoe

    Wow, 6.8 BB/9. Even the Cubs wouldn’t have been able to avoid getting a walk or two off that guy, surely!

    Ah, well.

  • Katie

    Anyone watch Sports Talk Live just now? Edwin Jackson said he feels more pressure in Chicago than he felt pitching in the World Series, according to Kap.

    • Tommy

      Sounds like an excuse for his poor start to me. I do like Jackson though, and expect him to turn things around. He can be a pretty streaky pitcher.

      • Katie

        Yeah, pitching on 8 different teams was brought up as well. I just thought it was interesting that he said it in the first place.

    • MichiganGoat

      Ouch and we’re not even remotely a playoff team. Can you imagine the pressure he’ll feel then?

      • Katie

        Yep, I thought about that too.

      • Die hard

        Less pressure if wins are easier to come by when hitters carry the team— somebody forgot to check his psych profile

      • YourResidentJag

        That being said, in last year’s playoff appearance with the Nats, Jackson didn’t fare too well.

  • fromthemitten

    I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow’s game is canceled too we’re supposed to have tornadoes here on the other side of the lake

    • MichiganGoat

      Yeah Michigan is getting hammered right now, the Grand River is starting to flood at some spots.

      • Katie

        Iowa is basically covered in thunderstorms and has been most of the day.

        • @cubsfantroy

          It has been raining all day here in south eastern Wisconsin. And thunder and lightning periodically. I figured the game would get cancelled this morning.

    • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

      It’s raining in Vermont.

      • Cubbie Blues

        Thanks for posing Ian. It reminded me to listen to some French again.

        • Cubbie Blues

          That should have been posting. I can’t actually see you.

          • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

            I, sir, am no poser.

  • Diesel

    Don’t expect today’s game to be played either. There is a line of storms from grand rapids to san Antonio and it is all going very slowly right over Chicago.