The first London Series, between the Red Sox and Yankees, is still a month or so away, but we already have some details about the second one. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that it will take place between the Cubs and the Cardinals.
Back in February it was rumored that the Cubs and Cardinals — or, possibly, the Mets and Nationals — would play in the 2020 iteration of this new series. Given that Chicago and St. Louis stand a way, way better chance of contending next year than the Mets and Nats, each of which are somewhat in flux, it’s probably better for the British fans that they’ll be getting the NL Central rivals.
No word yet on which team is the “home” team and thus loses actual home dates on the schedule.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.
Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.
Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.