CHICAGO — The Cubs were playing on little sleep on Friday. They arrived early in the morning after an extra-inning night game on Thursday in Cincinnati, and the club had a quick turnaround with a day game against the Astros.
In a perfect world, the Cubs would play a day game on the last game of a road series to get back to Chicago and get some rest.
“You’d love to see something done,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said on Friday. “I understand the unique situation here on Fridays. I don’t know if it’s a doable deal, but obviously you’d like to play a day game somewhere else before coming home. Friday afternoon games here didn’t sneak up on anybody.
“Whatever city we go to, I understand they want a good draw at night. But you’d like to see something [done about the short turnaround for Friday games], if you could,” he said.
The Cubs are not allowed to play night games on Fridays at Wrigley Field as part of their agreement with the city.
They also played a night game on Sunday in New York, and got to their Cincinnati hotel room on Monday around 5:30 a.m. ET.
“People have been griping about the scheduling since they made the first pitch years and years ago,” Quade said. “Everybody’s got their beef.”
Expect to see some of the young players starting on Saturday to give the veterans a break when the Cubs face the Astros in a 12:05 p.m. CT start.