Game Times Announced

Game times have been released for the first three games of the NLDS:

5:30 pm CST for Game 1 @ Wrigley on Wednesday, October 1st

8:30 pm CST for Game 2 @ Wrigley on Thursday, October 2nd

9:00 pm CST for Game 3 @ Dodger Stadium on Saturday, October 4th

I imagine they'll wait to see how the other series are doing before they announce game times for games 4 and 5. I'm a little surprised they could get clearance for such a late start on Thursday at Wrigley, but so be it. Stock up on your favorite stimulant and stay up late to enjoy your Cubs.

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so rob has tickets to game 3

I've got tickets for Games 3 and 4.

so does CA-Phil!

I might add that my wife roots for the Cubs! ;)

mine will too until the World Series

The Game 2 start time is not that surprising. TBS and MLB have decided that they want to air games on the first 2 days of the playoffs at or around 2, 6, and 9 pm CT to maximize ratings. Given that the west coast team hosting the first games of a DS this year is an AL team and that the AL schedule has a Wednesday/Friday and a Thursday/Friday start one day the 9 pm start was going to have to be in a non-westcoast city. The Cubs seemed liked the most logical fit for that start as the other host cities are East coast teams in Philly and Tampa and you have the game start at 9:30 or 10 local time which is obviously too late to start a game. I am pretty sure that come playoff time that start times are under the full discression of MLB and supercedes any agreement between the city and the team.

Game 2 here, and not too happy about that start time. But I'll take it.

Would they consider starting Twins/Sox vs Rays game at 10:00 am?

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  • "Like the Chapman deal for Cubs from on-field POV, wish I didn't now have to feel lousy following an otherwise likable Cubs team." @jonahkeri

    pretty much sums up my feelings

    Rob G. 3 hours 36 min ago view
  • You mean Yankees?

    QuietMan 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • Cards lose!

    billybucks 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • You do have a point. The TheoJed certainly would need to address this in a transparent way. Milton Bradley was no help to the team.

    The E-Man 4 hours 9 sec ago view
  • FWIW, the Cubs would get a compensation draft pick between the 1st & 2nd rounds (around #35) if they extend a Qualifying Offer to Chapman post-2016 (probably about $17M), Chapman declines, and then he signs with another MLB club before next year's draft. 

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 6 min ago view
  • This all assumes Chapman doesn't want to be a free agent and possibly sign a $20MM+/year deal. We all know free agents get overpaid, sometimes dramatically (Hello, JayHey!). Not sure why Chapman would agree to the extension. If i'm is agent, I would tell him I could get I'm a $100M deal as a FA.

    billybucks 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • I'll root for the uniform and imagine it's left-handed Rod Beck or Randy Myers out there I suppose.

    Rob G. 4 hours 37 min ago view
  • Amen to this. I guess it's gonna happen and I'm gonna have to suck it up but I really despise domestic abusers with every bone in my body and cannot stand them on any team I root for.

    johann 4 hours 45 min ago view
  • I just prefer they don't  acquire players that choke their wives/girlfriends.

    Rob G. 4 hours 49 min ago view
  • So you'd rather go with Blown Save guy, when you can trade a prospect who is blocked for one piece that could get you over the top to the Big Dance? That is pretty old thinking. This is not a move that they cannot recover from if it goes south. But the upside is potentially historic.

    The E-Man 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • I'd prefer it not happen too.

    Rob G. 5 hours 25 min ago view
  • it's a hell of a blockbuster, but it's for a guy who pitches 1/3rd of a season at an extreme premium considering the guy being traded and if the early extension $$$ rumors are true.

    it's one of those things that is bringing a guy at the top his game, but something is nagging me that this trade piece could have been put to better use.

    a huge part of me is all "hell yeah, top of the line producer"...another part of me is "hmm, that for that?"

    crunch 5 hours 29 min ago view
  • Still don't want. Kinda hope they can't work out the extension.

    Charlie 5 hours 40 min ago view
  • obviously not, and I'm sure they did their homework...just hope they have some better answers than the Yankees

    Rob G. 5 hours 40 min ago view
  • Chapman 12+ Career WAR. Currently 4.7:1 k-BB. With Rondon/Chapman/Strop/Nathan/Montgomery/Wood...Its the best pen I can recall other than Sutter or Lee Smith handling things themselves.

    Its gonna suck if he gets injured, and it appears he's not the greatest of characters.

    But, he'll have another Cuban to hang out with on the team.

    The E-Man 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • I agree with the names you mention but there are lots of names being tossed around still and there's that small matter of Chapman agreeing to the extension.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 8 min ago view