It’s that time of year, when we can start looking ahead to the 2018 MLB schedule with one eye, while also keeping the other eye on the remaining 2017 schedule, causing a reverse cross-eye situation that is both uncomfortable and disturbing for friends and family.
The Chicago Cubs announced their tentative 2018 schedule today, featuring a March 29 opener in Miami against the Marlins, an April 9 home opener against the Pirates, and six games against the White Sox.
The final two weeks of the season for the Cubs feature a series at Guaranteed Rate on the South Side, then hosting the Pirates for four, and hosting the Cardinals for three in the season’s final weekend. That stretch could be nuts.
The Cubs get the shortened All-Star break because of the special game they’ll play against the Cardinals on that Thursday, July 19, but at least it’s in Chicago.
Your terror stretch features 17 straight games without an off-day (and God forbid one of the bookending off-days get scheduled up with a makeup game), where the Cubs will travel from St. Louis to Chicago to Cincinnati to LA to Chicago. They will be worn out, I’m telling you right now.