"It's miserable out there now," said Padres manager Bud Black. "And the forecast doesn't look to be getting any better. Everybody wants to play the schedule, especially the home team.
"It's a home team decision, and for them to cancel a game this early, it's a sign that it was going to be poor at game time and beyond."
After the Padres played through a frigid 1-0, 10-inning loss on Monday that ended with snow flurries blowing around in a howling wind, the climate on Tuesday was even worse. A 30-mph gusting wind was blowing in off of Lake Michigan, blowing the constant drizzle into an all-encompassing spray. The temperature was in the mid-30s as of late afternoon. The forecast wasn't much better, with a near certainty of thunder showers and wind chills dipping into the 20s.
It was a setting much more conducive to a Bears-Chargers pairing at Soldier Field, a few miles to the south.
In a press release, the Cubs said the decision to postpone the game was "made in consultation with the club's weather service. The Cubs feel it is better to err on the side of caution, respect the dire forecast and postpone tonight's game at this early hour before the gates open even if the current weather forecast changes its course."
The Padres do not have another trip to Wrigley Field scheduled during the 2011 season, necessitating Wednesday's twin bill.
San Diego's Dustin Moseley, Tuesday's scheduled starter, will now take his turn in the first game on Wednesday, matching up with the Cubs' Matt Garza. In the nightcap, the Padres will send Aaron Harang to the hill against Chicago's James Russell.
The Padres don't have another day off scheduled until April 28, but Black wasn't ready to tackle the question of whether the club might need to call up someone to make an emergency start as a result of Wednesday's doubleheader.
"Let's get through tomorrow," said Black. "We'll tackle those questions when they arise."
The Cubs won Monday's series opener on Tyler Colvin's RBI double off San Diego reliever Chad Qualls. That dropped the Padres to 2-3 on their current seven-game road trip. On Thursday, San Diego begins a seven-game stand at PETCO Park with a 7:05 PT game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bradford Doolittle is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.