The Chicago Cubs announced that the start time for Wednesday’s rubber match against the Rays has been moved up. Due to the threat of inclement weather later in the evening, the teams want to ensure they get the game in before said weather arrives in the area. Rather than the original 6:40 p.m. CDT start time, the game will now begin at 5:30 p.m.
As indicated above, gates will open only one hour before first pitch at 4:30 p.m. That said, the weather looks to be warmer than the last two games, with temperatures expected to be in the low 50’s.
The Cubs are trotting out Marcus Stroman on Wednesday night as they look for a series victory. The Cubs nearly fought back on Tuesday to take a commanding series lead, but the Rays managed to hold the Cubs off. Drew Rasmussen will take the bump for Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Stroman is coming off two solid starts in his first season on the north side. In his last start, Stroman held strong for three innings before running into trouble in Colorado. As a pitcher who relies on the movement of his pitches, the altitude did not play in Stroman’s favor. However, being back at sea level should allow Stroman to rebound at Wrigley Field as the team searches to advance to 7-5 in the standings.
What’s On Tap Next?
Following Chicago’s series with Tampa Bay, the Cubs will welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to Wrigley Field for a four-game set beginning on Thursday. Thursday’s first pitch will be at 6:40 p.m. with the other three contests beginning at 1:20 p.m. CDT. The Cubs want to take advantage of the seven-game homestand and will also have beautiful spring weather for their weekend series as well. The four games against the Bucco’s will be critical in maintaining their strong start.
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