MLB’s latest cancelation of games has left the Cubs out of their league for their home opener.
Take that any way you want.
But if no more games are subsequently canceled, Wednesday’s announcement that wiped out a second week of regular-season games would make the retooling Cubs’ home opener Monday, April 18, against the defending American League East-champion Tampa Bay Rays.
That would follow a season-opening four-game series in potentially wintry Colorado against the Rockies.
So far, 11 Cubs games have been canceled by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred after marathon negotiating sessions each of the last two weeks failed to produce a new collective bargaining agreement.
The cancelations represent one series each against the Cubs’ NL Central rivals.
The Cubs originally were scheduled to open on the road in Cincinnati and return home for their Wrigley Field opener against the Cardinals.
After Manfred announced last week that the first week of games was canceled, that made the opener of a four-game series against the Brewers — a team that went 15-4 against the Cubs last year — the Cubs’ home opener. Until Wednesday.
Two more weeks like these last two, and the Cubs could be opening their season May 3 against the White Sox at Wrigley Field.