Make your Wrigley Field plans for afternoons on those dates. Both those games will now begin at 1:20 p.m. CT, according to a press release from the team.
The Cubs have already been on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball (one of those a SNB “special” on Monday, April 10, Opening Night) five times, and the maximum any team can appear in any one season is six times.
This leaves just one “TBD” game on the 2017 schedule, Sunday, September 17 against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Depending on where the Cubs and Cardinals stand coming into that date, ESPN could choose it. Cubs/Cardinals games do just as well for the network as Red Sox/Yankees games, and it’s certainly possible the September 17 game will have some bearing on the postseason.
Both the August 6 and September 3 games will be televised on CSN Chicago.