It would have been impossible to predict a year in advance that it was going to rain in Chicago tonight. That's about how long ago it has been since the 2012 MLB schedule came out. However, it wouldn't have been impossible to plan for the possibility of rain.
Baseball schedules constantly have getaway days built in to the schedule. Just look at the next few weeks for the Pirates. Their game on Thursday against Milwaukee? 4:05 PM EST. Their game next Thursday against the Mets? 1:10 PM EST. If it rains on either day, the game could be delayed, played, and still end with plenty of time for the teams to travel to their next destinations.
The Cubs don't have to travel tomorrow. They will remain in Chicago for the rest of the week. But the Pirates travel home to play a three game series ag...
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