Banged up and just not playing good baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers were happy to accept the gift the baseball gods bestowed upon them Wednesday.

With steady rain and subfreezing wind chills forecast, their game with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was postponed. They'll make it up as part of a day-night doubleheader July 30.

"It comes at a good time for us," said Ryan Braun, in the middle of packing his bags for what suddenly has become an altered road trip.

"We're obviously not playing well, and nobody enjoys playing in this weather. The combination of those two things, I think we're fortunate to have the day off today."

The Brewers would not have been able to fly out of Chicago to St. Louis until late Wednesday because of aircraft availability, so the decision was made for the team to bus home in the afternoon and then fly from Milwaukee to St. Louis later on its scheduled off day Thursday.

Conditions were bad enough at Wrigley Field in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Cubs that the Brewers certainly weren't eager to deal with them again. Almost every position player was wearing a hood, as was manager Ron Roenicke for the first time, and home runs were out of the question with the winds blowing in briskly.

"I don't think it's a bad thing," Roenicke said of the postponement. "But you know, last night was tough to play. It was cold, windy. Tonight probably would have been worse - if we could have gotten it in with the rain.

"I would always rather play when the weather's decent and it's a real baseball game than worrying about, 'Is the flag turning around?' "