Analyzing the 2020 Cubs schedule
Major League Baseball unveiled the complete 2020 season schedules Monday evening.
The Cubs will begin their 60-game slate at home July 24 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
David Ross and Co. will end the campaign with a 3-game set on Chicago’s South Side against the White Sox on Sept. 25-27.
Before the regular season, the Cubs will play 3 exhibition games — all in Chicago. They will host the White Sox July 19 at 7:05 p.m., head to the South Side July 20 for a 7:10 p.m. first pitch and then welcome in the Twins for July 22 at 6:05 p.m.
Below is the complete Cubs 2020 schedule:
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—With a condensed schedule, this season will be more of a sprint than the typical marathon of an MLB campaign. That means there’s even more emphasis on getting out to a hot start, as the Cubs know:
“Getting off to a good start is gonna be important for us mentally, just as it’s important because we’re only playing 60 games,” Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said last week. “A fast start is important.”
As they try to get out to a hot start, the Cubs face a tough opponent in the Brewers initially, but at least it comes at Wrigley Field. Then they head to Cincinnati before returning home to host the Pirates and Royals — a pair of teams not expected to contend in 2020.
The ensuing road trip begins in Kansas City with 2 more games against the Royals, so the Cubs have a real opportunity to get out to a hot start through the first few series of the year.
—It’s still unknown how much of a homefield advantage MLB teams will have in 2020 with fans in stadiums a question mark. But, as Ross pointed out Monday, there’s something to be said about the comfort of players sleeping in their own beds in their own homes.
In that sense, it bodes well for the Cubs that they host 14 of the 20 games against the Brewers and Cardinals this season. The Cubs go to Milwaukee and St. Louis just once each, while the division rivals have to come to Chicago twice.
The Cubs will have to go to Cincinnati twice to visit the upstart Reds, who are also expected to be in the contention mix in the NL Central.
—The Cubs don’t receive their first day off until Aug. 10, after 17 straight games to begin the campaign.
However, that is their longest stretch of the season and they have 3 days off in the final two weeks of August — the 20th, 27th and 31st.
They also have a pair of off-days in the same week down the stretch — Sept. 14 and 17 bookending the 2-game set against the Indians in Chicago.
—Beginning in early September, the Cubs spend four of five series at home, with a stretch featuring 12 of 15 games at Wrigley Field.
Expanding out to include the final series against the White Sox, the Cubs only have to leave Chicago for 7 of the final 24 days of the season (and 3 of those days are in Milwaukee, where players have the option of staying at home if they’d prefer).
—The Cubs face only one divisional opponent (Pirates) in the final four series of the year.
—The Brewers and Cardinals end the season facing off against each other in a 4-game series.
—The Cubs return to the scene of the greatest moment in franchise history on Aug. 11 as they take on the Indians in Cleveland for a rematch of the epic 2016 World Series.