In 20 years, one might look back at this week for the Houston Astros and have many questions about the truly bizarre week it was. The Astros were scheduled to host the Angels in a four-game series from Monday-Thursday but ended up playing a single game on Monday and a doubleheader on Tuesday to steer clear of Hurricane Laura, with the fourth contest in that series set to be made up in Anaheim over Labor Day Weekend. The Oakland A’s then arrived in town for Friday’s scheduled series opener but both teams agreed to call that game off in respect to America’s social justice initiative. The Astros swept the A’s in yesterday’s makeup twinbill, but yet another wrench was thrown into the schedule today.
Today’s series finale has been postponed after a member of the Oakland A’s organization tested positive for COVID-19. It has not been disclosed if it was a player, coach, or staff member and there has been no makeup date announced as of yet. The A’s released this statement on their Twitter page:
A's statement on positive COVID-19 Test. pic.twitter.com/qvk5B2cusX— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) August 30, 2020
It is unclear what this means in terms of when either of these teams can get back on the field. The Astros were supposed to remain home and host the Rangers for a three-game set beginning on Tuesday, while the A’s road trip was to hit the Pacific Northwest for a trio of contests in Seattle against the Mariners.
In terms of the baseball that was played this weekend, Saturday proved to be a profitable day in the AL West standings for the Astros. The doubleheader sweep moved them within 2.5 games of first place Oakland. The Astros and A’s are scheduled to reconvene on Labor Day in California for the opening game of a four-game series, one that could very well now be five games in four days, pending the health of both franchises.