If Marcus Stroman and Seiya Suzuki can keep the Cubs in the playoffs until mid-September, the league’s new schedule could help their playoff chances more than almost any team in the league.
MLB announced its revised schedule on Wednesday, with the original three-game opening series pushed back to the season-ending series from Oct. 3-5.
For the Cubs, that means a final six-game streak of the season against a trade-ravaged Reds team with Joey Votto and eight guys he barely knows.
In fact, 16 of the Cubs’ final 19 games of the season are now against four teams many consider eliminated from competition last week (also the Rockies, Marlins and Pirates).
The other two Cubs games forced to be rescheduled by the delay caused by social talks will be day-night doubleheaders.
These were originally slated to be the Cubs’ first two home games, against the Cardinals. The doubleheaders — with a return to nine-inning matches — are scheduled for June 4 and August 23 at Wrigley Field.
He creates a five-game series for the Cubs and Cardinals either way.
The Cubs open the 2022 season on April 7 at home against the Brewers.
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