The Cubs and Cardinals will play doubleheaders at Wrigley Field next Monday and Wednesday, MLB confirmed Friday afternoon, one day after St. Louis president of baseball operations John Mozeliak revealed the plan. That will turn what was originally a three-game series into a five-game set. Both doubleheaders will feature seven-inning games under MLB's new rules implemented as the season is conducted amid a pandemic.
The schedule will feature straight doubleheaders, with action starting at 4:15 p.m. Monday and then at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. The Cubs will be the home team in the opener of the doubleheaders, while the Cardinals will serve as the home team in the nightcap.
The games are being made up after the three-game series between the Cubs and Cardinals in St. Louis was called off last weekend amid COVID-19 concerns. The third and final game of that series will be made up in yet another doubleheader between the teams at Wrigley Field on Sept. 5.
The Cardinals' season has ground to a halt after they were hit with a coronavirus outbreak. The Cardinals sit at 2-3 and haven't played since July 29, so they're looking to squeeze as many games as possible into what's left of the regular season. The Cardinals will return to action at the White Sox in a doubleheader on Saturday.