It just doesn't strike me as that big a deal or a punishment that the Phillies had some games postponed, even if it wasn't done for the right reasons. The big deal is that the Marlins were allowed to play. It's dumb luck because the whole thing is a farce and the Phillies (and Yankees) just happened to draw the short straw this time. Next time it will be another team, because there is going to be a next time.
The thing is I also don't think any protocol was actually violated on Sunday. There's no way MLB didn't know about the tests because MLB is who adminsters the tests. The "vote" the Marlins had on whether to play was of their own accord; had they - or the Phillies - voted not to play it would have been against MLB's instructions. That I would have liked to see (as we've now seen the Nationals basically force MLB's hand). Outbreaks, depleted rosters and cancelled games are all something they expected, dubious though it may be. It's never been about safety that's for sure.
Clearly the rules that are in place are lacking - both the fact that the Marlins could play even though it was probably obvious more players were gong to end up testing positive, and the lack of clarity about whether they should even worry about outdoor transmission to an opposing team.
Meanwhile, while it's possible the off-day will leave some guys out of rhythm, we just skipped two inferior starters to go back to Nola/Wheeler, and bought Eflin some time. Sure hope Howard is also up and in the bullpen when he's on turn.
rotation once play resumes Friday vs. Blue Jays:— Todd Zolecki (
) July 28, 2020
Fri - Nola
Sat - Wheeler
Sun - Arrieta
Tues - Eflin
Wed - Velasquez