The Cubs' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed a day because of snow that covered much of Wrigley Field. While they posted only a trio of runs in their 3-0 win over the Brewers on Sunday, the Cubs produced 20 runs in their four-game series against Milwaukee.
The Cubs (5-4) and Pirates (7-2) will push their scheduled starters back a day.
Though they aren't playing Monday, Cubs players managed to make the best of their situation as they took to Wrigley's snowy diamond for a little snow-day fun. He gutted it out through Thursday's game, but it was tight again Friday, so he opted to take a seat over the weekend and play it safe. As of Sunday, he was considered doubtful for Monday's series opener against the Pirates.
But the next signs that there would be no baseball came when a group of Cubs players, led by relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr., started throwing snowballs instead of baseballs.
The Pirates look to extend what has been an impressive start after a series victory over the Cincinnati Reds, whom Pittsburgh beat 5-0 on Sunday behind Jameson Taillon's 1-hitter.
The Cubs have had to place first baseman Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day disabled list. Rizzo has missed three straight games with soreness in his lower back.
Meanwhile, Tyler Chatwood will make his second start of the season and his Wrigley Field debut for the Cubs on Monday. Chatwood has limited the Pirates to only two runs in 12 career innings, and he was sharp in his Cubs debut, holding Cincinnati to one run on four hits in six innings. Nova surrendered five runs in 5 1/3 innings during his last start against the Minnesota Twins when he struck out three and walked one.
About 10 miles to the south, the White Sox were hosting the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in a game delayed briefly by the wintry weather.
At least the Pirates are hot.
"Well, he's from SC", manager Joe Maddon said of Edwards.