Photos from Wrigley Field, and a few pregame notes

The Cubs PR director just mentioned that two days ago, it was 42 degrees here, and I believe it. Chicago weather, this time of year, can range from insanely cold — one time, many years ago, the gametime temperature was 49 degrees; on June 1 — to unbearably hot, as we’ve experienced several times in July and August.

It’s hot here at Wrigley Field today on this Memorial Day, but not Houston hot (thankfully). Thirty minutes before gametime, it’s 88 degrees, but much, much toastier on the field. Nonetheless, it’s a gorgeous day for a ballgame in the Windy City.

A few notes:

* At the inning break closest to 3 p.m. C T, the Astros and Cubs will observe a National Moment of Remembrance with a moment of silence in honor of Memorial Day. Across the country, Americans will pause during their Memorial Day activities to participate in this act of national unity. All MLB teams have been participating in the National Moment of Remembrance since 1997.

* We had a Jordan Lyles spotting this morning in the cramped clubhouse at Wrigley Field, so rest assured the right-hander has safely arrived to Chicago and is ready to make his Major League debut tomorrow night. He joked that his family brought the entire state of South Carolina to Chicago to witness the debut. Lyles also seemed comfortable in his new surroundings, and his manager, Brad Mills, noted his level-headedness, something he was keenly aware of during Spring Training.

“He’s always been very confident and I don’t expect that to change at all,” Mills said. “I said to him, ‘You’ll be here for two starts or 20 years.'” He just needs to go out and pitch.”

Lyles will not be on a pitch count. He threw over 100 several times while with Oklahoma City and Mills does not anticipate having to prematurely pull the reins in on his young pitcher.

* On this date in Astros history:

2001: In a 7-4 win over the Padres, Wade Miller went 3-for-3 en route to his seventh win of the year. Craig Biggio hit his fifth homer to help snap an eight-game losing streak for Houston.

1976: Houston sets a team record with 25 hits in the second game of a doubleheader sweep over the Braves, winning 16-5. Of the 25 hits, 23 were singles.

And a few photos:

Clint Barmes, Jason Michaels wait for their turn to hit

Michael Bourn, Carlos Lee have a laugh

Jordan Lyles, J.A. Happ during stretch

Chris Johnson and Jeff Keppinger chat while Brett Wallace tries to fly away


Isn’t it nice to have a second baseman, who can HIT…….and
doesn’t commit errors??? I can’t tell you how happy I was to see Keppinger come back. Bill Hall, is not the player Ed Wade thought he was getting. It’s time to let the guy go.
I can’t remember the last time this team hit *4* HR’S!!!
I’m going to lift Lyles in prayer, that he is calm and even if he doesn’t get a win, he will learn much from his experience!

Amen Becky!

Good luck Lyles!

Looking forward to watching Jordan Lyles make his pitching debut. tonite!!!

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