CHICAGO — If you’ve never been to the Midwest, I’ll fill you in on a little weather tip: this happens a lot. I’m often more surprised when game gets played than when one is rained out. In this particular case, the Cubs/Cardinals game scheduled for tonight (April 7) has been postponed and no make up date has been set as of yet. It’s been stormy and raining up here in the Northern Illinois region and the climate hasn’t helped either. A little rain never killed anyone, as my dad used to tell me (and often still does), but when combined with sub-45 degree temperatures it can be downright miserable.
The Cubs might benefit from an extra day of rest after Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Cardinals. I really don’t see it as a loss, however, because even though as a Cubs fan I’m optimistic about this season, I still don’t foresee all of their plans coming to fruition until next season. This season is still an experimentation season.
When you go up against another team’s ace, runs will be hard to come by, especially when that team is the Cardinals. Every fan of a team in the NL Central knows that the road to the playoffs goes through St. Louis. Yes, that is still 161 games away, but this fact is no less clear in April than it is in August. The hitting was good with a few doubles and some good base running. Tommy La Stella had a good steal and there were plenty of opportunities with runners in scoring position. The defense made a mistake or two, but when you look at service time, Jorge Soler is really still a rookie right now.
Strategy was implemented and tested, offensively and defensively. Even the lineup is still makeshift. What will happen when Kris Bryant comes up in a few weeks? Any way you shake it, there are still some bugs in the system. A loss on the first day is nothing to fret about. Good things will happen in 2015, but Cubs fans will still have to exercise patience, at least for a little while longer.