A rainout Tuesday and a scheduled off day Thursday may help the Cubs with their pitching situation, especially in the bullpen.
The Cubs-Padres game Tuesday called because of rain and cold. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader Wednesday.
Lefty James Russell was supposed to pitch Tuesday night. He'll now go Wednesday night, with right-hander Matt Garza pitching the afternoon game. It's all about saving the bullpen, according to manager Mike Quade.
Russell came out of the 'pen April 12 at Houston and lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his first major league start. He threw 55 pitches and can go 70 tops Wednesday.
"Given the situation, you run the guy who can give you pitches out there first and see what you're left with for Game 2," Quade said. "A split double can be tough bullpen-wise, but with an off day (Tuesday) and an off day Thursday, given the situation, it puts us in really good shape."
Even though Garza is off to a slow start, he's more of a sure thing than Russell. If Russell runs his pitch count up or gets into early trouble, much of the bullpen may have to chip in and finish.
"If you wound up in an 18-inning situation in Game 1, you'd have to ask a little more from your 'pen in Game 2 as far as guys coming back and so on," Quade said. "I really think we're in about the best shape we can be in to deal with this. I guess (Wednesday) we'll find out."
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