The SF Giants have had Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners postponed.
The SF Giants have been no strangers to postponements over the past week. And on Tuesday, they were treated to yet another postponement as their two-game series against the Seattle Mariners has been pushed back a day.
This time, however, the postponement was completely unrelated to COVID-19, unlike their previous postponements. Instead, the series is being relocated to San Francisco following concerns over the air quality in Seattle.
The two teams were scheduled to play a two-game series this Tuesday and Wednesday in Seattle, but abysmal air quality in the area made it unsafe to. And while the air quality in San Francisco currently isn’t great, it’s certainly better than the Pacific Northwest.
As reported by Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants are flying back home to San Francisco with the idea of playing the series on Wednesday and Thursday.
The SF Giants have experienced their fair share of postponements as of late.
This comes after the Giants had two postponements over the weekend as a result of a false positive COVID-19 test. Fortunately, they won’t have to play a double-header with both the Giants and the Mariners scheduled to have an off-day on Thursday.
It just made sense to push the series back as opposed to scheduling a doubleheader on Wednesday.
It’s also been reported that the Mariners will still serve as the de-facto “home” team in the series with the Giants batting first. However, the game will, of course, be played in Oracle Park.
The Mariners just finished up a series with the Oakland Athletics where they played through the poor air quality, but the players certainly weren’t happy about it.
A’s manager Bob Melvin and pitcher Jesus Luzardo were quick to criticize officials who made the teams play despite the horrendous air quality. So seeing this series postponed and moved out of Seattle is hardly a surprise.
This is something to keep an eye on in the coming days with smoke continuing to fill the air in parts of the West Coast.
Here’s to hoping that the Bay Area continues to show improvement and that everyone can stay safe.