Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee...Astros?
As a precautionary measure, the Cubs/Astros games on Friday and Saturday were postponed due to the potential threat of Hurricane Ike. Ever since news broke about the series postponement, talk circulated around the league that these games might be moved to a neutral city. Both teams are legitimate contenders for both the division title and wild card spot. Milwaukee's Miller Park and St. Louis' Busch Stadium were named as the two most likely locations. The Brewers are currently battling the Phillies in Philadelphia, and the Cardinals are playing the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
When Milwaukee was initially suggested, the Houston Astros' management team suggested that the Cubs would, in essence, gain an additional "home series" due to the city's proximity to Chicago. Cubs fans easily make the 90-minute trek north to Miller Park. The Astros have been making a late push to claim the National League wild card spot from the Brewers, so they demanded these games be played in Houston's Minute Maid Park.
Late on Saturday, Major League Baseball announced that two games will be played between the Cubs and Astros at Miller Park. The first game will be played tonight in Milwaukee. Monday was originally scheduled as an off-day for both teams, so they will play the second game in Milwaukee on Monday afternoon. Since the original series was a three game set, if the third game is needed, it will be played in Houston on Monday, September 29.
Milwaukee's Miller Park has been a gracious "home away from home" over the last two seasons. The Cleveland Indians played their home-opening three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2007. Cleveland's series was relocated due to 10 inches of snow that fell at the formerly named Jacobs Field.