The Chicago Cubs’ playoff schedule begins with a series against the Washington Nationals. The best-of-five National League divisional series begins with Game 1 on Oct. 6. The Cubs will have to head out on the road as the No. 3 seed in the 2017 NL Playoffs, but the team avoided playing in the Wild-card round.

The National League Wild Card Game will be the Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, in a battle between two teams from the NL West. The winner of that game will advance to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. The Dodgers clinched the best record in the NL and get the homefield advantage.

Cubs vs. Nationals series is on TBS

TBS will cover all the NLDS games this season, though the game times haven’t yet been revealed by Major League Baseball. The league typically waits until the Wild Card games have been played and the final matchups are set before announcing start times for the following round. The Rockies vs. Diamondbacks game is on Oct. 4, with the result dictating how the Cubs vs. Nationals schedule will shake out on TBS.

Game 1 of the Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals series is on Oct. 6, with Game 2 on Oct. 7 and Game 3 on Oct. 9. If they are necessary, Game 4 would be on Oct. 10 and Game 5 would be on Oct. 12. The first two games will take place in Washington, followed by two in Chicago and then Game 5 would be back in Chicago.

The winner of this NLDS will advance to play in the 2017 NLCS, with Game 1 scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14.

Which team has the advantage in the 2017 NLDS?

The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals played seven times during the 2017 MLB season, with the Nationals taking the 4-3 edge in games won. The Cubs struggled on offense, scoring just 28 total runs against the Nationals’ pitching staff.

The Nationals put up 39 runs, taking the obvious edge as the teams prepare for the playoff schedule to begin. This is the postseason, though, so when the Chicago Cubs’ playoff schedule begins, the regular season will become a distant memory.

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Lost in all that noise, is the fact that the Chicago Cubs are still the defending World Series champions. The team has a tough road ahead to become repeat champions, but anything can happen in the postseason. Game 1 in the Chicago Cubs’ playoff schedule takes place on Friday, Oct. 6 on TBS.