Chicago Cubs announce TV schedule
By Erik Mauro
Tuesday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs announced their television schedule for the 2018 season. The slate is highlighted by 45 games on WGN, with the rest being aired on various cable networks. There are four confirmed national broadcasts as the ESPN Sunday night game.
Some of the key series on the Chicago Cubs’ schedule include the Brewers and Cardinals, who the Cubs will play 19 times each. One of the series’ against the Cardinals is right out of the All-Star break, with a national broadcast on a Thursday night. The Brewers are out to prove they’re legit, while the Cardinals and Cubs are always trying to beat each other.
The Cubs can get a jump start when they play the Marlins right off the bat. Miami has got to be trying to break the single-season record for losses, as there is no explanation for what they are doing.
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Nothing makes sense in Miami
Yelich, gone. Ozuna, gone. Stanton, gone. Dee Gordon, gone. What do they have to show for these trades? Lewis Brinson and some promising pitching prospects. Sorry Marlins fans, it’ll be a rough season.
The 2018 schedule also includes interleague matchups against the entire American League Central. The Cubs will play four games against the Cleveland Indians, who they beat in the 2016 World Series.
The standard interleague series with the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox are six games, instead of four. Three games at Wrigley in May, followed by three at Guaranteed Rate in September. Single series with the Royals, Twins, and Tigers round out the interleague slate for the Cubs.
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The Cubs get to renew their newfound rivalry with the Los Angeles Dodgers in June, playing all of their matchups during the last two weeks of June. These two teams have been the measuring stick of the national league for two years, and seem to be the best again this year. However, the Washington Nationals might be in the last year of their window, so expect them to pull out all the stops to try and get over that hump.