Houston concluded their series against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night, and they were estimated to be back in Houston at around 5:15 am CT, which is only 14 hours before the scheduled first pitch of their Friday tilt against the Angels.
“To censor myself, it’s B.S. I don’t think one person is happy about the night game travel,” Astros outfielder Josh Reddick said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I think it’s a complete misjudgment on how they make a schedule. It’s absurd, really.
“Look at us, we don’t do that to anyone. We don’t ever give them a [getaway day] night game unless it’s Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. It makes no sense. It really makes no sense. A lot of guys aren’t happy about it, myself included. It’s going to be a long day, but this is what we get paid to do. We suck it up and hopefully take it as a little spark to fire us up.”
“It’ll be brutal,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of the travel schedule. “It’s one of those things that I hope they address in the next CBA …
“It’s on our schedule. We’re going to play, and we need to win. We’re going to play our normal guys [Friday], and I’ll address any sort of rest over the weekend.”