The fans of the Chicago Cubs rarely have a reason to be excited by the end of July. This season however, the fans at Wrigley Field have a reason to still be interested in baseball instead of getting ready for football. The Cubs are still in the race.
With the new Wrigley Field renovations not the only thing bringing the fans out this season, tickets for the Chicago Cubs schedule might be tough to come by. The Cubbies have got some good young players to be excited about such as Kris Bryant, the young power hitting third baseman who has a team high 60 RBIs and is second only to Anthony Rizzo on the team with 14 long balls. Rizzo leads the Cubs with 18.
At 54-47, the Cubbies are currently sit only 1.5 games out of the second National League Wild Card spot. The defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants are the current occupants of that last playoff spot.
Chicago during a pennant race is a special place to be. The Wrigley Field faithful have waited a lifetime for a World Series so if they get close, the energy on the North Side of Chicago will be very high.
The Chicago Cubs August schedule will be full of important series. They all matter with the Cubs in the race. They will start the month with road series at the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the current occupants of the first Wild Card spot. That series will kickoff on Monday and run through Wednesday. On Thursday, the team they need to pass, the Giants, will come in for four games to Wrigley Field. That will be huge!
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The Chicago Cubs August schedule softens up a bit after that with the Brewers coming in for three games but after that the Chicago White Sox, who are in a similar position in the American League, host the Cubs on three South Side of town for three August 14-16. The scene then ships back to Wrigley Field for the Detroit Tigers for two games, the Atlanta Braves for four games and the Cleveland Indians for a single game August 18-24. They finish August on the road with the Giants in a huge three game series and the Los Angeles Dodgers for another three.
The Chicago Cubs September schedule begins at home with the Cincinnati Reds august 31 through September 2nd and the Arizona Diamondbacks from September 2-4. They will then go on the road to face the rival St. Louis Cardinals from September 5-7 and then the Philadelphia Phillies in a four game series from September 10-13.
Things get really interesting on the 15th when the Cubs visit the Pirates for three games, then host the Cardinals for three games and close the four games home stand with a single game against the Kansas City Royals who are leading the American League Central.
The Cubs then go to Cincinnati for three games and end the regular season at the Brewers October 2-4.
With ace Jon Lester pitching well and Hector Rondon now anchoring the bullpen, the Cubs should stay relevant deep into the month of September. A pennant race with the Cubs in the chase is always great for baseball.
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