It's Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, so every player will be wearing #42 in his honor. The Brewers will be playing next to the borough where Robinson did today, and Citi Field recognizes the city's connection with Robinson with their rotunda carrying Robinson's name and highlighting his contributions to the game.
Citi Field’s home plate entrance is the Ebbets Field-inspired Jackie Robinson Rotunda. No better place to be on the 71st anniversary of Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier. pic.twitter.com/aG03L2uMuM— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 15, 2018
Today's game itself may be a little iffy. The weather forecast looks more like one of those mid-April trips to Wrigley Field instead of New York, with significant sustained winds at about 15 mph, rain, and temperatures barely cracking 40 degrees expected. Chances of rain start at only 10 percent for game time, but jump up to 45 percent or so after the first hour. If it does rain, the teams will likely try to play through it as long as they can or try to find quick windows, because rain is virtually guaranteed later tonight.
That could end up working in the Brewers' favor if a rain delay knocks Syndergaard from the game early. Jhoulys Chacin will take the ball for the Brewers today. With today's less than ideal conditions, Ryan Braun will be out of the lineup after leaving last night's game with back tightness, and Christian Yelich won't be activated from the DL, even though he's now eligible to return.
First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. CDT.