This was confirmed via press release from the Cubs Thursday afternoon. As a reminder, that means the Cubs and Cardinals will have Monday, April 3 as an off day, play Tuesday, April 4 at 7:15 p.m. CT and Wednesday, April 5 at 12:45 p.m. CT. The Cubs will have Thursday, April 6 off before heading to Milwaukee for a weekend series at Miller Park.
ESPN also announced Thursday that it would be carrying the Cubs’ home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, April 10 on an exclusive basis — in other words, the Cubs’ usual broadcast crew of Len & JD will not be doing this game. ESPN clearly sees the value of having as many Cubs games as they can get, and the rematch of the 2016 NLCS participants was probably too good to pass up.
The network also announced coverage of six other games on Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3, several involving 2016 postseason teams.