Giants-at-Mariners Postponed, Series Rescheduled for San Francisco

marc w · September 15, 2020 at 5:05 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

A week ago, I was looking at the apocalyptic-looking pictures coming out of San Francisco and marveling that the M’s would be playing a game in such conditions. Life, much like smoke, comes at you fast. The Giants arrived in Seattle today, took a look around, and said, “Yeah, no way we’re playing in this.” Thus, the series will move back to San Francisco, where the air is now clearly and yet unbelievably much cleaner than it is in Seattle.

Yesterday’s double-header was the most bizarre baseball I’ve seen. It seemed almost dystopian; I’ll always remember Ramon Laureano – wearing a respirator – making a great diving catch, just like I’ll remember watching Kyle Lewis grand slam robbery (of Laureano!) through a haze as thick as decades-old memory. The M’s comeback in game 1 was legitimately thrilling. Tim Lopes playing the hero was one of those improbabilities that the game offers every so often, and it overshadowed the bullpen’s recent signs of life.

The Players Association put out a statement that they were aware of the issue (which is good, considering it was televised and all) and were working with ownership to fashion a policy similar to the NFL’s (air quality over X would be an automatic postponement, or what have you). That was never really going to happen yesterday, as the games were, themselves make-ups for when Covid-19 led the A’s to postpone several games. They couldn’t reschedule a game for historic smoke because they’d already rescheduled for a historic, global pandemic. Damned if you do, etc.

Thus, the games yesterday functioned as a dark microcosm of everything bad about the sport right now. That’s not fair to, say, Jose Marmolejos, who’s finally getting a shot after 10 years in the minors and is on an absolute tear. But seriously: the league was plainly unable to prevent players playing in unhealthy conditions, and thanks to the Covid schedule, only a minority of teams ever had the possibility of playing in…this. The A’s are playing double header after double header after a player tested positive for Covid-19, throwing a wrench into their standard bullpen rotation; lefty Jake Diekman didn’t play last night when he probably would have under more normal conditions, for example. And the Mariners, who are fighting – however improbably, however reduced due to the circumstances – for a playoff spot for the first time in nearly 20 years, won’t call up Logan Gilbert or Jarred Kelenic. These were games that should not have happened, played by teams left weaker than they could be. We all know why, and despite the fact that none of the reasons approach a reasonable standard of good-enough, we press on.

Go M’s, or something. They’ll be the home team in San Francisco beginning tomorrow.


3 Responses to “Giants-at-Mariners Postponed, Series Rescheduled for San Francisco”

  1. Stevemotivateir on September 15th, 2020 8:29 pm

    This has been a year for the unexpected, that’s for sure. Yesterday was one of the most bizarre days for Mariner baseball I’ve ever witnessed. Brilliance, but preponderated by the virus, smoke, bad relief pitching, and of course, apathetic officials.

    I don’t even want to think about a postseason berth. Seriously, I don’t.

  2. MKT on September 16th, 2020 3:10 am

    A random factoid: after 8 games and 26 at bats, Dan Vogelbach’s OPS with the Brewers is 1.187, slashing .462/.533/.654.

    I was scarcely aware that he was playing with the Brewers. I think the Blue Jays quickly DFA’d him.

  3. Stevemotivateir on September 16th, 2020 6:27 am

    Yep, Vogelbach has hit well since arriving in Milwaukee. I’m happy for him.

    Marmolejos has hit well since his recall on the 27th. This is kind of like a game of Musical Chairs.

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