The Cubs-Pirates game, originally scheduled for 1:20 p.m. at Wrigley Field, has been rescheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start because of forecast inclement weather. Gates will open at 5:35 p.m.
The Cubs could have rescheduled the game for Saturday as part of a doubleheader. Or on July 27, an open date for both teams following a three-game series at Wrigley Field. But the Cubs are heading to San Francisco after the July 26 game, so that probably wasn’t ideal.
Getting the game in Friday was the best option for them.
“When in doubt I don’t want to play doubleheaders, if that’s ever an option for me,” manager David Ross said. “Doubleheaders are tough. It’s a long day. This is at least, we got to know early enough … one of those things we can get cranked up. We weren’t hitting on the field anyways. So guys can go home, come back, do whatever they want to do. Manager gets to get a workout in, so that’s always nice for the body. I don’t think two nines in a day is healthy for players.”