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Al Yellon

MLB announces full wild card series TV schedule and the Cubs will play all day games

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It’s a throwback to old-school postseason baseball.

The Cubs’ first postseason game, Wednesday against the Marlins, will begin at 1 p.m. CT.

Major League Baseball’s schedule for the remaining games in the wild-card round have the Cubs playing their second and third (if necessary) games in that series also in the daytime. Here’s the complete schedule:

So the Cubs will once again be on ABC-7 in Chicago (and other ABC over-the-air broadcast...

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Tim Huwe

Cubs postseason leaders: Hitters

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Most of them are from the 2016 era... but some old-timers make the lists, too.

When I began this project in 2015, the vintage Cubs were dominant in everything but the power categories. By the time Kyle Schwarber hit his fifth home run, he was the team’s postseason career leader. However, it took a few cycles for the current names to pass the players of the Tinker-Evers-Chance days. That I began the deeper dive in something that fewer others have chosen to...

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Sara Sanchez

From start to finish: How the Cubs won the NL Central

Willson Contreras hits a three-run home run before launching his bat into orbit against the White Sox on Friday. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Five key moments that made a difference in the shortened season

We all just watched a unique season in baseball’s long and storied history with only 60 games, no fans, and social distancing... are we still calling them requirements? They honestly seem more like suggestions at this point. Whatever, I digress. It was a wild season, and...

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Cubs to start Kyle Hendricks in Game 1 vs. Marlins

Cy Young candidate Yu Darvish will take the bump for Game 2. Chicago will go to Jon Lester if the series gets to a third contest. 

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Al Yellon

2020 American League wild-card series Game 1 thread

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Four games today!

Here’s all the information you’ll need for the four American League wild-card series Game 1 contests this afternoon.

Here is the complete MLB Mediacenter for today.

Astros at Twins, 1 p.m. CT

Zack Greinke vs. Kenta Maeda

TV: ABC. Announcers: Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

White Sox at Athletics, 2...

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Al Yellon

2020 Cubs postseason: Kyle Hendricks will start Game 1

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The Professor also started on Opening Day this year.

Kyle Hendricks started the first game of the shortened 2020 season at Wrigley Field against the Brewers, and threw one of the best games of his career, a three-hit complete-game shutout.

The Professor now gets the chance to open the 2020 postseason for the Cubs, as manager David Ross announced Tuesday that Kyle will start Game 1 Wednesday against the Marlins.

This makes sense for a lot of reasons....

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Al Yellon

2020 National League wild card series preview and predictions

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Four NL Central teams have made the tournament.

I’ll have a full preview of the Cubs/Marlins wild card series coming up tomorrow morning — I want to wait to post that until we’re more clear on the pitching matchups — but there are three other National League series that begin Wednesday, and all of them will involve one of our National League Central...

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BCB staff roundtable: Cubs vs. Marlins wild-card series

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A discussion of the upcoming postseason series from the BCB staff.

Monday afternoon, the BCB front-page staff got together to have a virtual discussion of the postseason wild-card matchup between the Cubs and Marlins. This is a transcript of that chat, lightly edited to put the answers in order so they made more sense.

Al Yellon: So... the Cubs are back in the postseason. How’s everyone feeling? Nervous? Excited? Weird because it’s a weird season?

Duane Pesice: Weird...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks wants it, precious

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Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news

To be perfectly honest, I’m amazed that there even IS a postseason. I still think it was a damnfool stunt and an irresponsible use of time and funds to have a season. But it has had all of the action, intrigue, and drama of a full 162-game season, albeit a little temporally compressed, and now this barely-under-control train is roaring toward the postseason with our Cubs aboard.

Us BCB scribes gathered...

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Al Yellon

2020 American League wild card series preview and predictions

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There are some teams with bright young stars that could make this really interesting.

Just so you’ll all see I don’t hide my preseason predictions when the season ends, here they are. You’ll note that I made postseason predictions before MLB changed the postseason format to a 16-team tournament, so I’m going to take a bit of liberty with this and say that I got seven of the eight NL teams right (having the Nationals instead of the Marlins, but...

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Sara Sanchez

The Postseason Wildcard Round is basically March Madness but with baseball

Kris Bryant rounds the bases after a solo home run in the second inning - notice the chains, people. | Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

No one has ever experienced playoff baseball like this.

When the sports world ground to a halt in March we were days away from NCAA brackets being released and one of spring’s great rituals: March Madness. I have no idea how they measure this and I imagine it’s apocryphal, but each year I read that the first Thursday and Friday of the tournament is...

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Tim Huwe

Cubs postseason leaders: Pitchers

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Here are the top performers for the Cubs in October baseball.

In 2015, two things became apparent as September progressed. The Cubs were post-season bound, and it might be a run that was a bit longer than we were used to. As minor league games ceased for the season, I began perusing Cubs’ postseason box scores to find out the team leaders in various categories. It was very vintage-heavy.

As Kyle Schwarber's homer...

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Thomas Smith

2020 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 60

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The season comes to a mostly satisfying (regular season) conclusion

The Cubs had little to play for on Sunday but they went out and won anyway. As much as Al’s piece about the Cubs backing into the postseason is factually accurate, the Cubs did actually accomplish what they needed to accomplish this weekend. They won two games. Paired with two Cardinals losses, that was more than enough to win the division. In the end, the Cubs won the division by...

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Al Yellon

Reflections on the conclusion of the weirdest baseball regular season any of us has ever seen

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MLB made it through their 60-game season. Were you surprised?

Two months ago, just as the Cubs were about to get their 60-game 2020 season under way, I wrote this article noting my lack of enthusiasm about MLB trying to play baseball during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Part of that lack of enthusiasm was due to the contentious negotiations between owners and players about the length of the season, player salaries, etc. Those sorts of...

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Ashley MacLennan

Outside The Confines: Bring on the postseason

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A final day win by the Cardinals means no baseball today.

It was all up to the Cardinals as to whether or not there would be extra games played on Monday, as the St. Louis club inched towards a postseason berth and several different combinations of wins and losses might mean a double-header would need to be played against the Detroit Tigers to decide their fate for the season.

But the team managed a win on Sunday against the Brewers (I know, Cubs...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, September 28

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 28: Former Chicago Cub third baseman Ron Santo speaks to the fans during a retirement ceremony for Santo’s uniform number 10 before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 28, 2003 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Pirates defeated the Cubs 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Cubs, simCubs and MLB news

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted...

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Al Yellon

MLB announces postseason times and TV schedule and the Cubs’ first game is a day game

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MLB went old-school with the Cubs for Game 1.

Prior to Wrigley Field getting lights in 1988, there was all sorts of handwringing when the Cubs made the postseason in 1984 because they’d have to have afternoon playoff games there.

So, what do we get for the first game of the 2020 postseason schedule for the Cubs and Marlins at Wrigley Field Wednesday? Of course, an afternoon game.

The first postseason game at Wrigley since 2018 will be played at 1 p.m....

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Al Yellon

Cubs 10, White Sox 8: On to October

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... and hopefully, a long postseason run.

Yes, I know the Cubs’ first postseason game will be in September, the 30th to be exact, but you know what I mean. October baseball every year is fun, and this year after a 60-game sprint of a season and 16 teams playing through the 10th month of 2020, anything and everything might happen, including this:

“If they’re passing out a trophy, I want it,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “I don’t care if...

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Al Yellon

Overflow thread 3: Cubs vs. White Sox, Sunday 9/27, 2:10 CT

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Al Yellon

Overflow thread 2: Cubs vs. White Sox, Sunday 9/27, 2:10 CT

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