Thanks to sharp-eyed BCB reader Rev Jorgenson for spotting this. It hasn't been announced by the Cubs, but according to the Arizona Diamondbacks' spring-training schedule, the Cubs will be finishing their spring season with a pair of games at Chase Field.
The games will be Friday, April 3 at 8:40 p.m. CT and Saturday, April 4 at 3:10 p.m. CT. The Cubs also did this a year ago, and have faced the D'backs in spring games like this several times over the past decade.
One of the reasons teams do this in general, is to get players accustomed to playing in a larger major-league park after playing a month in smaller spring parks, and mostly during the day.
The odd thing about this scheduling is that it doesn't give the Cubs much time to get back to Chicago for the season opener Sunday night, April 5 against the Cardinals. They'll have to fly out immediately after the Saturday game -- and that means a late Saturday night arrival at O'Hare. They really won't have time for any Wrigley workouts before the ESPN Sunday night opener.
The Cubs finish the Cactus League portion of their spring schedule Wednesday, April 1 in Mesa against the Brewers, then will have Thursday off before the games at Chase Field. It wouldn't surprise me if some of the regulars miss one or both of the Chase Field games in order to get back to Chicago, and certainly Jake Arrieta (presuming he's the Opening Night starter) will be back in Chicago ahead of time.
With the addition of these games and the two in Las Vegas, the Cubs' preseason schedule will total 33 games.