The Milwaukee Brewers just got some unexpected assistance in their chase for the NL Central crown. This weekend’s series with the Miami Marlins has been moved from Marlins Park in Miami to Miller Park in Milwaukee. The move isn’t because of the condition of Marlins Park, but instead because the team doesn’t want to further burden public resources while the city recovers from Hurricane Irma.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 13, 2017
The Brewers also released a statement about the series, who noted that ticket sales for the three game series will be limited.
“The change of venue was made at the request of Major League Baseball and the Marlins, due to the conditions caused by Hurricane Irma,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We will be ready to host this weekend and are working to put all of the logistics in order. With limited capacity, we strongly encourage fans to purchase their tickets in advance, especially for the Friday game.”
The Marlins haven’t played at home since completing a three game series with the Nationals on September 6th. The moving of the Brewers series means that the team has just seven home games left this year, from September 18-20 against the Mets and from September 28-October 1 against the Braves.
The Brewers actually benefit from the unfortunate situation, as they’ll be able to get an extra four days at home before traveling to Pittsburgh for a series with the Pirates that begins on September 18. At 76-69 the Brewers are 2.5 games back of the Cubs in the NL Central and four back of the Rockies for the second NL Wild Card spot. Every win the rest of the way will be crucial, including their four game series with Chicago at Miller Park from September 21-24.
Moving the series to Miller Park probably isn’t the most *fair* option, but it was likely the easiest for the two teams to swing on such short notice.