Major League Baseball released its tentative 2018 schedule on Tuesday afternoon, and there are plenty of highlights.
The Cubs welcomed what used to be the Mets to Wrigley Field for a three-game series.
The Cubs were swept by Milwaukee last weekend, making for a crowded race at the top of the NL Central.
"In my mind's eye, I'm just planning like he won't", manager Joe Maddon said.
The Next Level: For the first three and a half innings, the game was less than ideal for the Cubs.
Brewers 5, Pirates 2: Eric Thames hit his 29th home run and Domingo Santana went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Milwaukee.
"We were really just looking to do something special on the actual anniversary date, and it's really a gift to the community, a gift to our fan base to say thank you for 50 incredible years", A's COO Chris Giles said.
Cubs notes: 2018 season to open at Miami
NY got a run back in the fifth on d'Arnaud's sac fly, but Schwarber lofted his homer to right center with two outs off Tommy Milone to make it 5-2. They never relinquished the lead as they kept on putting leadoff on men throughout the game (in seven of eight innings they batted) and adding runs, including home runs by Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ.
Red Sox 11, A's 1 • Mookie Betts hit two home runs and a two-run triple, and host Boston rolled past Oakland.
"I tell everyone, take the positives out of everything to this point, where we are, coming out of the greatest championship in sports history and in position to win the division again", Rizzo said. The Chicago Cubs have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs.
Tampa Bay has split the first two games of the set held at the home of the Mets. Contreras went on the DL on August 11 due to a right hamstring strain.
He ends the night with a 6-7 record and a 5.58 ERA and a lot to prove in the little time the Mets have left this season.
Again, the expectations of the Cubs repeating what they accomplished a year ago is a ship that has long since left the shore and struck an iceberg.
In his first outing after the injury September 2, Harvey was hammered for seven runs in two innings at Houston.