London Calling in 2020

The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will take their rivalry overseas next season as it was officially announced today the two teams will play a two-game series in London, England on June 13-14 2020.

“The Cardinals are excited and honored to be a part of the London series next year. The Cardinals-Cubs rivalry is one of the best in sports, and it will be exciting to bring it to Europe for a new audience to experience,” said William DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and CEO via press release. “I have no doubt that the passionate sports fans in London will love these games and we look forward to creating some new Cardinals fans overseas.”

St. Louis will be the “home team” for the series.

The two teams will play in a baseball-configured London Stadium, which is also the site for the inaugural Mitel & MLB London Series being held this June 29-30th between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Those will be the first MLB games ever played in the United Kingdom.

It will be important to watch how Boston and New York play after they return from the international series. Each team has two days off in advance of the series and one day afterwards before resuming play. Besides the time difference of London being five hours ahead of Eastern Time, there is also the question of jet and travel lag.

Will this be inconsequential or could it put the teams at a competitive disadvantage?

Unlike past games in Tokyo or Australia, which occurred towards the end of Spring Training, the London series is taking place with the regular season in full swing.

The Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners played their first two games of this season in Tokyo, but enjoyed six days in Japan before the games and had two and three days after before returning to their schedule in the United States.

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