New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka stands on the field before a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
CUBS AT YANKEES
Game 1: Jason Hammel
(2-0, 2.63 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21), 12:05 p.m., CSN, 720-AM.
Game 2: Travis Wood (0-1, 2.92) vs. Michael Pineda (1-1, 1.50), 6:05 p.m., Ch. 9, 720-AM.
Updated: May 17, 2014 6:37AM
NEW YORK – Coming off their ninth consecutive series loss, dating to last year, maybe the Cubs could use Tuesday’s rainout more than most, especially coming off back-to-back losses against the rival Cardinals over the weekend.
So no one was complaining when rain all day Tuesday and a worse forecast for Tuesday night forced the postponement of the opener of the quick two-game series against the New York Yankees before the teams even arrived at Yankee Stadium.
Not until Wednesday, at least.
That’s when the series will be played in its entirety as a split doubleheader, with game times of 12:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.
The pitching matchups remain the same, with Tuesday’s scheduled starters, Cubs’ right-hander Jason Hammel (2-0, 2.63) and Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21), pitching the first game (on Comcast Sportsnet).
Cubs lefty Travis Wood (0-1, 2.92) faces Michael Pineda (1-1, 1.50) in the nightcap.
Depending how deep the starters are able to work Wednesday, the extra day off should benefit a bullpen that has been leaned on hard in the early going, in part because of three extra-inning games (adding 10 total innings).
The Cubs also were delayed by rain by 46 minutes in the third inning of Sunday’s loss in St. Louis.