The Padres three-game series against the Seattle Mariners has been moved down south back to Petco Park due to the air-quality issues being experienced up north. The Mariners will still be the home team for the series, which means that the Padres potentially have a chance to clinch their first playoff berth since 2006 while playing inside their home stadium.
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
ESPN’s Jeff Passan has reported that if the West Coast fires continue through the remainder of the MLB season, that could cause problems for the ALDS and ALCS which are scheduled to be played in California. As of now, Phoenix has emerged as a backup location if playoff games have to be moved due to the air-quality issues.
Earlier this week, the two-game series between the Giants and Mariners was postponed and then moved to San Francisco with the final game being played today. Players from the Mariners’ prior series with the Athletics reportedly noted the low quality of air while in Seattle this past Monday.