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The Cubs will face the A.L. Central in interleague play next year.

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Time flies, right? It seems like it’s only been a few days since we received MLB’s truncated 60-game schedule for 2020.

Oh. Right. It has been only a few days.

But MLB presses on! Today, we know the dates the Cubs will play a full 162-game schedule next year.

At least, we hope they will.

And if you think you’ve seen enough of the A.L. Central this year, in the 60-game schedule, you’re going to see more of them next year, because the A.L. Central is the Cubs’ designated interleague division for 2021.

It’s a bit of a weird April schedule as the Cubs will face the Brewers nine times in their first 24 games, twice at Wrigley Field. I can hear Craig Counsell complaining about the weather now. They’ll also face two non-division opponents at Wrigley in April (Braves, Mets). You’ll recall the awful weather in Chicago last time the Braves were at Wrigley in April (2018).

The Cubs will open the season at home, as they were originally scheduled to do in 2020 (and will later this month, if the 2020 60-game season happens) and will end it with a seven-game road trip to Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

Anyway, here are all the Cubs dates for 2021. When game times are available I’ll add them. As always, all times Central. Home games in boldface.

April 1, 3-4: Pirates (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
April 5-6-7: Brewers (6:40, 6:40, 1:20)
April 8, 10-11: at Pirates (12:35, 5:35, 12:05)
April 12-13-14: at Brewers (6:40, 6:40, 12:40)
April 16-17-18: Braves (1:20, 1:20, 6:08)
April 20-21-22: Mets (6:40, 6:40, 6:40)
April 23-24-25: Brewers (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
April 26-27-28-29: at Braves (6:10, 6:20, 6:20, 6:20)
April 30, May 1-2: at Reds (6:10, 3:10, 3:10)
May 3-4-5: Dodgers (6:40, 6:40, 6:40)
May 7-8-9: Pirates (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
May 11-12: at Indians (5:10, 12:10)
May 14-15-16: at Tigers (6:10, 3:10, 12:10)
May 17-18-19-20: Nationals (6:40, 6:40, 6:40, 1:20)
May 21-22-23: at Cardinals (7:15, 6:15, 6:08)
May 25-26-27: at Pirates (5:35, 5:35, 11:35 a.m.)
May 28-29-30: Reds (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
May 31, June 1-2: Padres (1:20, 7:05, 1:20)
June 3-4-5-6: at Giants (8:45, 8:45, 6:15, 3:05)
June 7-8-9: at Padres (9:10, 9:10, 3:10
June 11-12-13: Cardinals (1:20, 6:15, 1:20)
June 14-15-16-17: at Mets (6:10, 6:10, 6:10, 6:10)
June 18-19-20: Marlins (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
June 21-22: Indians (7:05, 7:05)
June 24-25-26-27: at Dodgers (9:10, 9:10, 6:15, 3:10)
June 28-29-30: at Brewers (7:10, 7:10, 1:10)
July 2-3-4: at Reds (6:10, 3:10, 12:10)
July 5-6-7-8: Phillies (7:05, 7:05, 7:05, 7:05)
July 9-10-11: Cardinals (1:20, 6:15, 1:20)
July 12-13-14-15: All-Star break
July 16-17-18: at Diamondbacks (8:40, 7:10, 3:10
July 19-20-21-22: at Cardinals (7:15, 7:15, 7:15, 6:15)
July 23-24-25: Diamondbacks (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
July 26-27-28-29: Reds (7:05, 7:05, 7:05, 1:20)
July 30-31, August 1: at Nationals (6:05, 6:05, 12:05)
August 3-4-5: at Rockies (7:40, 7:40, 2:10)
August 6-7-8: White Sox (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
August 9-10-11-12: Brewers (7:05, 7:05, 7:05, 1:20)
August 13-14-15: at Marlins (6:10, 5:10, 12:10)
August 16-17-18: at Reds (6:10, 6:10, 11:35 am)
August 20-21-22: Royals (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
August 23-24-25: Rockies (7:05, 7:05, 1:20)
August 27-28-29: at White Sox (7:10, 6:10, 1:10)
August 31, September 1: at Twins (7:10, 7:10)
September 2-3-4-5: Pirates (7:05, 1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
September 6-7-8: Reds (1:20, 6:40, 6:40)
September 10-11-12: Giants (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
September 14-15-16: at Phillies (6:05, 6:05, 5:05)
September 17-18-19: at Brewers (7:10, 6:10, 1:10)
September 21-22: Twins (6:40, 6:40)
September 24-25-26: Cardinals (1:20, 1:20, 1:20)
September 28-29-30: at Pirates (5:35, 5:35, 5:35)
October 1-2-3: at Cardinals (7:15, 6:15, 2:15)

Here is a calendar schedule for those of you who like that format: