For the next series, Cubs manager Mike Quade will tweak his rotation and start Sunday's scheduled pitcher Carlos Zambrano (4-1, 4.35 ERA) on Monday against the Reds, with Matt Garza (2-4, 4.17 ERA) going Tuesday. Ryan Dempster (2-4, 6.71 ERA) will start Wednesday in the first game of a two-game series against the Marlins, followed by Casey Coleman (1-3, 7.22 ERA). Doug Davis, who made his first start Saturday night in horrible conditions and gave up one earned run over six innings, will open the Cubs' Interleague series against the Red Sox on Friday.
On Saturday night, the Cubs and Giants played a rain-shortened six-inning game. The game-time temperature was 43 degrees, and it was the 12th home game this season out of 22 when it has been under 50 degrees. On Sunday, there was a 100 percent chance of rain and winds gusting up to 37 mph out of the north-northeast.
Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney, who grew up in Portland, Ore., knows something about rain. One of the problems in playing Sunday wasn't just the wind, rain and cold but the fact that the infield was soaked.
"In Little League, we're sponging fields every day," Barney said. "My dad and I would go out and sponge the fields. In high school, you're sitting around and waiting in the last period for the announcement and it's dreadful when they say, 'Men's baseball canceled,' and it's the fifth cancellation in six games.
"I don't mind the rain," Barney said. "The cold -- I don't like the cold. I'd rather play in decent temperature and rain."
The Cubs are trying to keep a positive approach regarding what nature is throwing at them.
"The fair thing is they're playing under the same conditions so they have the same challenges we do," Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena said. "The way I look at it is who wins the ballgame is whoever loves it the most -- whoever loves the horrible conditions the most, whoever embraces the conditions the most.
"We kind of joke about it because it keeps us loose and say, 'Hey, this is great, this is awesome. It's raining, the wind is in our faces, this is great' -- that's the way we try to approach it and give it all we have."
Doesn't he miss the domed stadium in St. Petersburg?
"On those days [like Saturday night], a dome would be nice," Pena said. "It comes with the territory and comes with the experience and comes with being a Chicago Cub. I know [the opponents] hate coming in here when the weather conditions are like that. I almost feel it's an advantage."