The Cubs usually are one of the last teams to release their next year’s schedule, sometimes waiting until after the post-season is complete, but we get to have a little glimpse of what we can expect next year today.
The Cubs lead off the year at home against the Brewers and Astros. You have to believe that the young Milwaukee club will chomping at the bit to knock the Cubs around right off the bat, so I see it being a tough opening series.
The new schedule makers for MLB continue their bizarre ways at the end of April, having the Cubs start a week with a two game home set against the Mets on monday and tuesday, then fly to Colorado for a quick two game set on wednesday and thursday, then the Cubs have to get right back on a plane bound for Washington for a weekend set, THEN a day off to fly home for a 3 game stand against the Brewers again, THEN back in the air for 3 game sets against St. Louis and Cincinnati. WTF?!? Who the hell thought this was good planning? Plus the team gets no warm weather or indoor stadium visits until the go to Houston on May 19th. Oy vey…
As far as interleague goes, the Cubs play their 6 games with the White Sox and the bottom 3 teams of the AL East - home against Baltimore and at Toronto and Tampa Bay. While I am disappointed that the Cubs don’t get a chance to play at Fenway this year, I really don’t mind playing the worst teams in the league.
Important home dates to look forward to - May 9-15 with the Cubs playing 3 against Arizona and 4 against San Diego, June 10-12 against Atlanta, August 8-10 the first(!) time they play the Cardinals in wrigley, and September 16-21 with the Cubs playing their last home series against Milwaukee and St. Louis.
The final road trip of the year has them in New York for four games and back to Milwaukee for three. At least the Cubs (if they are in the race) will live or die against the teams they are jockeying against with their destiny in their own hands and not having to wait and see some if some other team can do it for them.
Looks like it’s going to be an interesting campaign in 2008, guess we’ll have to (sigh) wait till next year…