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MLB sets game times for the first four days of division series play

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The Cubs would play the Brewers in the late afternoon Thursday.

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If the Cubs win tonight against the Rockies and head on to Milwaukee for Game 1 of the division series Thursday, it would be a late-afternoon start, as would Game 2.

Here are the game times for the first four days of division series play:

And, as you can see, the first game at Wrigley Field Sunday in a Brewers/Cubs series (Game 3 of the series) would be at 3:37 p.m. CT.

That could be a logistical nightmare. The Chicago Marathon steps off Sunday morning and while most runners are expected to finish the course by noon, street closures could produce traffic issues until early afternoon. I’m a bit surprised Major League Baseball made that choice, because you’d think they would have been aware of this major Chicago event.

Or maybe not.

The route doesn’t go directly by Wrigley Field, but it comes close enough (as you can see in this map) to produce potential issues.

In any case, let’s hope this is a problem the city has to worry about. The Cubs still have to take care of business tonight.