The Blue Jays were supposed to play tonight, but, as we know, this weekend’s series in Philadelphia has been postponed due to the Phillies having multiple positive cases of COVID-19.
There had been some thought that the Blue Jays and Nationals could play some games this weekend, either just as exhibition tune-ups to stay on the field or perhaps as a way to jig the schedule around, but it seems that won’t be the case.
According to Charlie Montoyo, it appears that rather than moving games around, Major League Baseball will likely have teams play doubleheaders later on in the season. The Jays are set to host the Phillies from Sept. 18-20, so that would mean the two teams would shove all six games into that three-day stretch.
Nationals reporter Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reported on Thursday that MLB is planning to implement seven-inning doubleheaders this season as a way to help ease the challenge such as the one the Blue Jays and Phillies will have in September.
Still, back-to-back-to-back 14-inning days… doesn’t seem ideal? The whole purpose of postponing games and making them up later is to maintain scheduling continuity and integrity so that everybody has equally-weighted schedules, but, given the way things are going, we could end up with teams playing through an absurd backlog of games in September.
The St. Louis Cardinals postponed their game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night due to multiple COVID cases, which makes them the first team outside of the AL/NL East bubble to have a positive case.
We’re through just one week of action and eight different teams have had games postponed. If the season continues, it’s undoubtedly going to be chaos, with new positive tests popping up left, right, and centre. This is an inevitability with teams not staying in some kind of bubble environment like the NHL or NBA.
Is it really better to play a bunch of doubleheaders in September than it is to alter the schedule on the fly? Are the Blue Jays worse off playing Washington seven times and Philadelphia just three times than they are playing the Phillies six times in a matter of three days?