The Houston Astros are taking issue with MLB for the scheduling that has them making a quick turnaround ahead of their home game against the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
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.”