The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners will play their three-game series at Petco Park this weekend. The games were initially scheduled to be in Seattle.
Several wildfires in the Oregon and Northern California area a significant issue for the country presently.
Air quality in Seattle is still very unhealthy, so MLB moved the series south to San Diego. The Mariners’ stadium is equipped with a roof, but it is not designed to block air from the atmosphere. It is only intended to keep the rain off the field.
The 2020 season represents a year full of twists and turns. Thursday’s announcement is no different.
Mariners’ three-game series against Padres this weekend, scheduled to be played in Seattle, likely will move to San Diego, sources tell The Athletic. Air quality in Seattle remains unhealthy. Teams finalizing details.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 17, 2020
The Padres will be the road team in the series despite playing at home.
Chris Paddack returns in game one for the Padres on Friday. His ankle is better, and hopes are that he can turn the corner on a very trying year. Mike Clevinger starts on Saturday, and Dinelson Lamet will toe the rubber on Sunday. San Diego sits 3.5 games out of first with eight games remaining. These three games are significant.
This break from travel is a good thing for the Padres as they will only need to go on the road one more time this season.
Next weekend, the Padres will head to San Francisco to play three games against the Giants. Those final three games will be crucial for San Francisco, who is attempting to make the playoffs. The 2020 season is winding down, and the Padres are in the thick of it all.