Jon Lester: Cardinals-Cubs postponed Wednesday

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The Cubs took no chances in postponing Wednesday's game against the Cardinals more than four hours before the scheduled first pitch.

The Cubs said on Twitter that inclement weather was expected throughout the day. Beginning this season, the 162-game schedule will be played over a 187-day period instead of 183 days - a move that added several additional off days to the six-month schedule.

The St. Louis Cardinals matched their 2017 win total at Wrigley Field, but needed to hold off another late-inning rally by their hosting rivals to do so.

The gametime temperature was 35 degrees, and a 10 miles per hour wind made it feel even worse.

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer off Greg Holland in the eighth, but Chicago lost for the third time in four games.

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It's the fifth time the Cubs have been postponed this season (once in Cincinnati, the home opener against Pittsburgh, Sunday against Atlanta, Monday against St. Louis and today).

Chatwood's wildness caught up to him in the third. Also, their matchup with the Braves on Saturday, in which Chicago came back from an eight-run deficit, was a game that probably should not have been played. Willson Contreras singled with two out in the ninth, but Norris struck out Kyle Schwarber looking to end the game.

First baseman Rizzo believes a reduced campaign would improve the sport, despite the likely financial impact. He went 0 for 4 with a walk.

Jason Heyward answered for Chicago with an RBI single in the fourth.

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