55 games in 45 days. That’s what the Cardinals would be up to now if they were to play their entire 60-game schedule, as more games have been postponed. And I suspect there will actually be even fewer days than that.
Thursday’s doubleheader against the Tigers, which in itself was a make-up for previous launches, has now also been “postponed”:
This launch was expected because the cardinals want to control the COVID-19 outbreak. That is the focus right now. In addition, they have had two days on the field during the last 11 – a double horse to start playing would probably only add to the injury risk scenarios in front of the team.
– Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) August 10, 2020
The Cardinals are otherwise scheduled to resume play against the White Sox on Friday, but I can imagine that the only way that will happen is if they do not have any new positive weeks * AND * can come on the field to train together later than Wednesday. I do not know that is realistic. This could be a situation where Friday’s game is postponed to Sunday as part of a doubleheader to give them another day.
Add that theory? The game on Saturday was pushed back, perhaps to allow another day of test results before taking the field:
The start time for Saturday’s match between the White Sox and Cardinals has been changed to 6:10 CT (originally was 1:10).
– Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 10, 2020
So again, I guess the Cardinals will not be back until Saturday.
… but what about the rest of the season? At that time, you would be talking about 55 games in 44 (!) Days. You have to give the Cardinals a 35-man list so that it can even be done remotely and safely. I just do not see it.
So, as I said yesterday: I suspect we will see the Cubs series and the Pirates series simply interrupted. So the Cardinals will play, at most, a total of 54 games this year, and the Pirates / Cubs will play 57. The division, Wild Cards and playoff positioning just have to be determined by winning percentage. I do not see any other way around this, realistically.