Cubs' noon start facing weather challenge

CHICAGO -- Officially, Saturday’s Chicago Cubs-San Francisco Giants game was changed to a noon start, but stay tuned for a potential adjustment once again.

The first band of rain from former Hurricane Isaac is due to hit Chicago in the early-morning hours Saturday, according to weather.com, and the storm might not be too accommodating for playing a baseball game.

Currently the weather website’s hourly forecast shows rain is being predicted every hour from 6 a.m. Saturday until noon on Sunday.

The Cubs are optimistic that the game will be played, though and the earlier start could help. The game had previously been scheduled for a 3 p.m. start, which was printed on schedules and tickets.

All the Cubs are saying officially is that they are monitoring the weather.

If Saturday’s game is washed out, the teams have the opportunity to play a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. But with the Giants in first place and making their only visit to Chicago, every effort will be made to play Saturday’s game as it is scheduled.

The umpires, and not the teams, will be in control of whether or not the game is played as scheduled.