In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Astros are being forced to move two home series to St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Associated Press is reporting that the Houston Astros will play their next two home series away from Texas due to the flooding created by Hurricane Harvey. The Astros were scheduled to play both the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets in Houston this week. Both series have been moved to the Tampa Bay Rays’ home stadium: Tropicana Field.
The Mets were going to be part of the second series arriving in Houston for a three-game series starting on Friday, September 1.
Major League Baseball, the Astros, and Mets have yet to announce the decision officially.
The Mets don’t have much to play for over the next few weeks, but for the Astros, these games could be pretty meaningful. The owners of the American League’s best record thus far, obviously want to be able to get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs come October and that means getting more wins to stay on top of the league standings.
The Astros will now be playing 19 straight games away from Houston which could present a challenge for them down the stretch. Their last game at Minute Maid park was on August 24.
Once the series with the Mets concludes, they’ll be back on the road for another 10-game stretch.
As Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal so aptly put it, all these baseball logistics obviously pale in importance to the disaster that’s affected the state of Texas and the city of Houston.
Hurricane Harvey struck the southeastern part of the state over the weekend, and has left a lot of damage behind. According to authorities, over 2,000 people have been rescued from the floods, with another 5,600 being placed in shelters. Relief efforts will likely continue to develop over the coming weeks, months, and years.