The Chicago Cubs 2014 schedule was released today and it looks like they will have some tough opponents from the very start. They’ll start on March 31- April 3 against the Pirates in Pittsburgh for three games, while the first home series of the season will start with a three game set on April 4-6 against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs will visit the St.Louis Cardinals April 11-13 while they will play host to the Cincinnati Reds in three games ( April 18- 20) and the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games (April 21-24)
The Cubs will also have to face the AL East over the course of the season, with games against all 5 teams in the division. This includes 4 games against the New York Yankees ( two in New York April 15-16 and two in Wrigley May 20-21), three at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox (June 30-July 2), three at home versus the Tampa Bay Rays(August 8-10) and Baltimore Orioles(August 22-24) . The Cubs will also make a trip north of the border to play the Toronto Blue Jays in a three game series.
This season will mark the Cubs very first time visiting the new Yankee Stadium, as well as the Cubs first trip to Toronto since 2008. It will also be their first visit to Boston since 2011.
The Cubs will also be playing their crosstown rivals, the Chicago White Sox next spring, having two games in Wrigley (May 5-6) and two games at U.S. Cellular Field (May 7-8). The Cubs were able to take the crosstown series this year by beating the Sox in three out of four games between the north and south side.
The Cubs will spend Independence Day in the nations capital as well, visiting Washington D.C. to play the Nationals on 4th of July weekend. Labor day weekend is set up in Chicago as they take on the Pirates (September 5-7).
Overall, the Cubs will need to play hard and try to avoid pitfalls next season if they want to avoid another disaster like the last three years they’ve put together. It’s going to be a struggle, but if they can find a way to utilize the young talent coming up in the minors, they may have a chance of once again competing for a spot in October baseball.