There will be no Subway Series in New York this weekend.
Major League Baseball postponed the three-game series with the Mets and the Yankees in the wake of two positive tests for the novel coronavirus among Mets personnel. The positive tests, reportedly involving one position player and a coach, were received Thursday before the finale of the Mets’ four-game series at Miami.
MLB postponed that game plus Friday’s Mets-Yankees game on Thursday, then followed up a day later to postpone the entire series this weekend.
The teams have a mutual off day on Monday, which potentially could be used to make up one or two of the games. That would allow for at least two more rounds of testing to be completed among Mets players and personnel before they take the field again.
Meanwhile, both clubs are starting to see their postponements pile up and, possibly, a busy few days in store next week. The Mets now have four games to make up and, in welcoming the Marlins to Citi Field beginning Tuesday, figure to turn one of those three games into a doubleheader.
The Yankees have had seven games postponed, though they’ve made up four of them by pivoting to play the Orioles last month after an outbreak with the Marlins, and by staging doubleheaders against the Phillies and Rays.
In all, 10 MLB teams – a third of the league – have suffered postponements due to COVID-19 outbreaks or related precautionary measures. The St. Louis Cardinals had 14 games postponed from July 31-Aug. 13, and have managed to make up three of those games already. They now must try to play 46 games in 38 days to fulfill a 60-game schedule.
MLB announced that in the past week, seven COVID-19 tests came back positive, involving three players and four club personnel. Two positive tests came from a team’s alternate site.
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