Astros Pitcher Lance McCullers Blasts Rangers for Refusing to Swap Home Series (Tweet)
The Texas Rangers have rejected a proposal to swap home series with the Houston Astros, and Astro’s pitcher Lance McCullers is not hiding his disdain.
The Astros were scheduled to host the Rangers at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. However, that is no longer possible due to the devastating flooding in Houston as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey.
Astros president Reid Ryan thought he came up with a perfect solution: the Rangers could host the series this week, and then the Astros could host their last meeting of the season, originally scheduled to be plaid at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 25, 26, and 27.
Unfortunately, the Rangers wouldn’t go for that. Though they have no chance of catching the Astros in the AL Central, they are only three games back in the wild card race, and their schedule has them ending the season on a seven-game homestand. Apparently they were unwilling to give up that scheduling advantage with a potential postseason berth on the line.
According to Reid, the Rangers actually had the audacity to suggest that they host all of the six remaining games between the two clubs. However, when the Astros rejected that idea, the Rangers agreed to move this week’s series to the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field.
Of course, the Astros have the second-best record in baseball and a 13-game lead in their division, so they really don’t need anyone’s charity. Still, given the ongoing crisis in Houston, the Rangers’ unwillingness to relocate makes them look a little heartless—at least according to Astros pitcher Lance McCullers.
When the 23-year-old All-Star hurler heard about the Rangers’ decision, he got on Twitter and said the Rangers should be “ashamed”:
— Lance McCullers Jr. (@LMcCullers43) August 28, 2017
Hat Tip – [theScore]