Cubs Rained Out Wednesday; Dempster to Start Thursday

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday's scheduled game between the Cubs and Colorado Rockies was postponed by rain, bringing a dismal end to a disappointing 3-5 homestand.

The game will be made up on Monday, June 27 at 1:20 p.m. and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet. Tickets for Wednesday's game will be honored on the makeup date.

I have a real problem with the Cubs' rain check policy. I miss the days when a rain check could be exchanged for any other available game. I regarded the old policy as the silver lining of attending a rainout. For example, I attended the first scheduled night game at Wrigley Field on Aug. 8, 1988 which was postponed before becoming an official game. It was a major disappointment, but my consolation prize was a free Cubs-Cardinals game a month later.

The old policy was more accommodating to the fans. It was an acknowledgment by the Cubs that a postponement is an inconvenience to a fan who has shelled out good money to see a game. Allowing the fan to choose his or her makeup date is the courteous thing to do.

The Cubs (10-13) open a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (10-13) on Thursday (8:40 p.m., WGN) in the opener of a seven-game road trip. The Cubs won two of three from the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field, April 4-6.

The Cubs will skip Casey Coleman's spot in the rotation and will start a slumping Ryan Dempster (1-2, 7.63 ERA) on Thursday. Dempster, who has not allowed less than four runs in any of his previous five starts, lost to Arizona on April 6.

The Diamondbacks will counter with right-hander Barry Enright (0-2, 6.65) who has allowed at least four runs and gone no more than six innings in all four of his starts this season.

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