Here are some quick thoughts on the Cubs’ 2013 schedule released yesterday.
It only makes sense the Cubs should open the season away from Wrigley Field, as they will against the Pirates on April 1. Pittsburgh is doubtful to have better spring weather than what we’re use to in Chicago, but still…
Maybe the cool weather works in the Cubs’ favor when the Rangers visit town during the second week of the season?
Cold, damp weather won’t be a factor, however, with the Cubs playing one series under the roof in Milwaukee and another four-game set at Miami.
Most importantly, the Cubs begin a stretch of 20-games in 20-days starting April 16, which will no doubt put some stress on the pitching staff.
“It’s very difficult to get your pitching ready for those kind of innings and those pitch counts that early.” –Dale Sveum
I fully support the reduction of interleague games against the White Sox. Instead of the traditional home & away three-game series, the fake rivalry is scheduled for back-to-back two-game sets, the first of which is played at the Cell. And those pesky White Sox still lead the all-time series (49-41).
There’s an interesting wrinkle with the Cubs wrapping up a late May homestand to journey out west for just two games at Anaheim. Then it’s right back to Wrigley for a seven-game stretch against the Pirates & Reds. This one’s a real head-scratcher.
The month concludes with a three-game interleague series against the Mariners. I’ve always wanted to visit the city of Seattle and Safeco Field, so here’s to planning my summer weekend get-a-way trip, which could only be made more awesome if King Felix is scheduled to pitch!
The Cubs begin the month heading straight from Seattle to Oakland. It’s Chicago’s first-ever visit against the A’s and marks the 114th ballpark the Cubs have played in during its franchise history.
The Angels come to town for a two-game set the following week. That’s a plus for Cubs ticket brokers, who’ll have a chance to sellout a mid-week series (Tue., Wed.) with Pujols, Trout and Trumbo in the house.
Most notably, the Mid-Summer Classic has been pushed back from its tradition second week in July to the third week on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
Lastly, the Cubs finish the month at home against Milwaukee on July 31—the non-waiver trade deadline.
You guessed it! One of the first things I looked for on the Cubs’ 2013 schedule is where they’re playing on the third weekend in August. Why? The Chicago Air & Water Show! And lucky dog, the Cubs are at home against the Cardinals over the third weekend of August 16-18! Double your fun and plan on coming out to the ballpark to enjoy the best of both worlds–in the air and on the field.
This month, however, appears to be one of the toughest for Chicago with home & away series scheduled against the Cardinals, Dodgers and Phillies…plus a four-game home set against the Nationals, and a three-game home series vs. Cincinnati.
The final month of the season could prove a real test. It’s not only likely the Cubs are playing more meaningless late-season baseball, but 14 of its last 20-games are played on the road…and 20-games this month are scheduled against NL Central opponents: Brewers, Reds, Pirates & Cardinals. Perhaps the best we can hope for is the Cubs will play a significant role as a postseason spoiler.