The Mariners are about to have a different home away from home.
After their two-game series against the Giants was moved from Seattle to San Francisco this week because of poor air quality in the Puget Sound region, the Mariners’ three-game weekend set with the Padres has also been relocated to Petco Park in San Diego.
The Mariners (22-28) will remain the “home team” for all three games.
“It’s certainly got its challenges, thre’s no question about it,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said of the change of plans following his team’s 6-4 loss to the Giants on Thursday. “You think you’re coming over here to play a couple games. But again, it’s a crazy season. All of the things that have been thrown at our teams and a lot different teams, no question, it is very challenging. But these guys are pros. They understand what’s ahead of them. We did play very well when we were in San Diego last time. Hopefully we’ll continue that.”
The National Weather Service extended an air quality alert in the Seattle area through 10 a.m. on Saturday. The alert states that “pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and aggravate other serious health problems. Clean Air Agencies recommend staying at home when possible, limiting outdoor activities, and following medical advice from health care professionals.”
Servais said that “we were led to believe that everything was going to clear up in Seattle (so that we could play there this weekend). We can’t control the weather. It’s bigger than all of us, what’s going on there with the smoke and whatnot. So we certainly understand why we have to go, but I don’t think anybody was really prepared for it.”
Added Mariners starter Nick Margevicius: “It’s disappointing, but it’s the world we live in in 2020. I don’t think anybody is preferring to go to San Diego. I think everybody would rather play at home. But at the same time, we have to adjust.
“Everybody was planning to play 162 games too, and we don’t get that opportunity either. It’s a challenge for sure, thinking you’re going to be home and you have to go on the road again. But we just have to bring our best every single day and try to get some wins.”
The game times for this weekend’s series in San Diego are as follows:
- Friday – 6:40 p.m.
- Saturday – 6:10 p.m.
- Sunday – 1:10 p.m.
Dylan Moore bounces back
Mariners outfielder Dylan Moore — who was hit in the helmet with a 99 mph fastball during the loss to the Giants on Wednesday — started again on Thursday, though Servais emphasized before the game that he would be monitored closely.
“It’s not easy (to bounce back from that),” Servais said. “From personal experience, I’ve had it happen to me. As a player you kind of think nothing can hurt you. It’s a mental thing. You get in there, you battle, you go up there ready to get your next hit. That’s what you’re thinking. You put it behind you and move forward. I think anybody that plays this game for a long time, no matter what level, things like that are going to happen. You just have to put it behind you and keep moving forward.
“So I fully expect that he’ll be OK mentally. I just want to make sure physically that he’s feeling 100% before we put him out there today.”
Moore started and went 1 for 4 with a walk in the loss.
Haggerty unlikely to return this season
Mariners utility man Sam Haggerty — who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left forearm strain on Sept. 7 — is unlikely to return this season, Servais confirmed.
“It’s his left elbow, so it’s not his throwing arm. But it does affect his swing on the left side,” Servais said. “There’s a possibility (he could come back in the regular season), a chance right at the end. I know he’s trying to do what he can to come back. But I think it’s a pretty slight chance that we would see him at the end of the regular season.
“Now, if things were extended beyond that into the postseason there’s a chance that he could be available. But again, it’s not a very high likelihood that we’ll see him again this year.”
In 13 games for the Mariners this season, the 26-year-old Haggerty hit .260 with one homer, six RBI and four stolen bases.