With Houston and the rest of the Gulf Coast facing a potentially devastating one-two punch of tropical storms, the Houston Astros are trying to finish their next home series as early as possible.
The Astros announced Monday their scheduled home game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday will be moved to Tuesday, creating a doubleheader. Their scheduled game for Wednesday has been postponed until Sept. 5, when it will be part of a doubleheader played in Anaheim. Originally, Wednesday’s game was moved from an 8:10 p.m. CT start to 12:10 p.m.
That second schedule change came Tuesday, as MLB continued to track the path of Hurricane Laura. When the game is played in September, the Astros will be the home team in Anaheim.
Even with the scheduled change, Angels star Mike Trout told reporters he might not fly home with the team after the series because of a fear of flying. The noted meteorology enthusiast said he would drive six hours west, then fly home if a hurricane hits Houston.
Mike Trout said he has a fear of flying. He said if there's a hurricane in Houston, he might not fly with the team home. "I do not like turbulence. You can ask any of my teammates. I already told J-Up, if that happens, we're driving six hours west and then flying."— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) August 24, 2020
The team has not addressed their weekend series against the Oakland Athletics, currently scheduled to begin at Minute Maid Park on Friday at 8:10 p.m. CT. The 16-13 Astros currently sit in second place behind the A’s after a sweep at the hands of the San Diego Padres. They beat the Angels in the first game of the series on Monday night.
Both Tropical Storm Laura and Tropical Storm Marco are set to hit the Gulf Coast this week. Laura seems to pose the greater threat to Houston and could reach the city Wednesday night as a hurricane, according to CNN’s tracking.
Houston residents need little reminder of the damage a hurricane can inflict on their city, as the flooding of Hurricane Harvey left countless people homeless and caused several billion dollars worth of damage.
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