Sunday night will mark the unofficial end of the Cubs' early-season Cupcake Schedule, which included games against:
- Atlanta (3 away)
- Cincy (6 away)
- Brewers (3 home, 3 away)
- Houston (3 home)
- Metropolitans (4 away)
- Washington (3 home)
- Arizona (4 home)
- Pirates (3 away)
I had been kind of curious when the Cubs would ever make up those 5 games on the Cardinals, considering the Cubs are still up in the loss column, yet a half game behind. And I figured if I'm curious, someone else out there is as well. So mark the dates on your calendar, if the Cubs can win all 5, they'll pick up 2.5 games on the Cardinals.
August 3rd - Cubs @ Cincinnati
August 13th - Cubs vs. Philadelphia
August 31st - Cubs vs. Houston
September 17th - Cubs vs. Milwaukee
September 24th - Cubs @ San Francisco
Assuming Aramis Ramirez is out of the Cub lineup for exactly 8 weeks from this past Friday night, he'll be back for the July 4th game between the Cubs and Brewers at Wrigley Field, the third game of a four-game series.
In the interim, the Cubs will play 48 games, including all 15 of their interleague games against AL Central teams. Ramirez will also miss 20 games against NL Central opponents and the one and only visit by the Dodgers to Wrigley Field, which, owing to other, non-injury events, will now be completely Ramirez-free.
Here is what the next 8 weeks hold for the Cubs and their two leading division rivals:
It's available at cubs.com, and the Cubs will open the season on the road at Houston on April 6th and open up Miller Park that Friday. They start the home season on Monday, April 13th versus the Colorado Rockies.
UPDATE #2: Game on. Sunday at 7pm CST in Milwaukee and Monday at 1pm. The third game will be made up on Monday, September 29th only if necessary.
The Cubs will get at least a two game rest after tonight thanks to Hurricane Ike bearing down on the Texas coast. There were thoughts of moving Friday's night game up to a day game and then likely a doubleheader on Sunday. Now it seems like they'll try and get a doubleheader on either Sunday or Monday and one game in on the other day with both teams having a scheduled off day Monday.