Saturday’s game between the Cubs and Braves was postponed due to forecast for inclement weather throughout the day.
The Cubs play the last series before the All-Star break in Pittsburgh beginning on Friday, July 8 (July 8-10). The only issue with that open date is that would mean 24 games in 24 days for the Cubs leading up to the break. The players would have to approve due to the rule teams are not allowed to play more than 20 games in a row without a day off.
The Cubs now have two games to make up later in the season … one with the Brewers and Braves.
Weather permitting … The Cubs and Braves will wrap up what is two-game series on Sunday afternoon (1:20pm CDT).
Joe Maddon is expected to address the plans for the starting rotation. John Lackey will likely start Sunday, if there is a game, and he will push back his starters a day, which would line up Jason Hammel, Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta for the three-game series in Pittsburgh that begins Monday.
Updated 10:46am CDT – According to Carrie Muskat, John Lackey will start Sunday versus the Braves. Kyle Hendricks will be skipped and pushed back to the opener with the Nationals (Thursday, May 5). The Cubs will send Jason Hammel (Monday), Jake Arrieta (Tuesday) and Jon Lester (Wednesday) to the hill for the three-game series in Pittsburgh.