That means they’ll likely face the Nationals in a division series as their first playoff opponent.
Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the postseason schedule for this year.
Presuming that the above is the matchup, the Cubs would be in “NLDS B,” which would begin play in Washington on Friday, October 7. Game 2 would be in D.C. Saturday, October 8, and then Games 3 and 4 (4, if necessary) at Wrigley Field Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10. If that series needed to go to a Game 5, it would then be in Washington Thursday, October 12.
The NLCS is scheduled to begin Saturday, October 14 in the city of the team with the better record (unless that’s a wild card, since wild cards can never have home field advantage). The ALCS will begin Friday, October 13.
The World Series begins Tuesday, October 24, and for the first time, it will be in the city of the team with the better record (again, unless it’s a wild card).
The wild-card games, incidentally, will be Tuesday, October 3 (A.L.) and Wednesday, October 4 (N.L.)
Here’s hoping we have to make a note of all those dates!
And here are the full postseason schedules.