The Cardinals series in Milwaukee against the Brewers wound up being entirely postponed due to several positive COVID-19 tests among the Cardinals traveling party.
Now, we have learned of more positive tests for the Cardinals:
The St. Louis Cardinals have multiple new positive tests, according to sources with direct knowledge.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) August 2, 2020
The Cardinals basically spent the entire weekend in their Milwaukee hotel, as noted by St. Louis pitcher Austin Gomber:
I wonder what it feels like out there pic.twitter.com/iZHAFL5qtn— Austin Gomber (@AustinGomber) August 1, 2020
The Cardinals were originally scheduled to play four games against the Tigers beginning Monday, two in St. Louis and two in Detroit. That’s been changed to a three-day, four-game set all at Comerica Park in Detroit, with Wednesday as a doubleheader and Monday as an off day.
But with more positive COVID-19 tests, those four games are now in jeopardy of postponement.
The Cubs are scheduled to be in St. Louis to face the Cardinals this coming weekend in a three-game series beginning Friday night, after Cubs take on the Royals for four this week (first two at Wrigley, last two at Kauffman Stadium). I would think that depending on what we learn about the positive COVID-19 tests for the Cardinals, the Cubs series could wind up postponed or changed in some way.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said:
Comissioner Rob Manfred tells me “We are playing. The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable.”— Karl Ravech (@karlravechespn) August 1, 2020
Honestly, the coronavirus doesn’t care if Manfred — or anyone else — is a “quitter.” It simply exists, and these additional positive tests put a lot of people at risk. Much as I love baseball and much as I’m liking seeing the Cubs do well so far in 2020, it’s probably time to pull the plug on this season. They tried; it didn’t work. Regroup and hope things allow a full 162-game season in 2021.