ANAHEIM – The Angels have this terrible habit of asking teams – themselves included, to play nothing but midweek night games.
Which makes for a problem for the A’s who play in Houston Friday and won’t get to their hotel probably until about the time the sun rises.
To be fair, the Angels have to fly to Dallas after the game to play Friday night against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, so their sleep won’t get much better.
Oakland has made some changes to its usual schedule to try and work through the problem caused by the anticipated lack of sleep.
First, they set Friday starter Jharel Cotton midday Thursday to Houston so that he, at least, will be well-rested for the first of the three games against the Astros.
Then manager Bob Melvin and his coaching staff decided to scrap batting practice for Friday. Most teams normally hit before the first game in a new city, but they’ll skip that, although optional hitting likely will be available for those who want it.
Instead, the A’s will use the final 15 minutes or so of their allotted batting practice time to do some fielding drills just to get used to being back in Minute Maid Park, where they haven’t played since 2016.
“We’ll take later buses to the ballpark so we can try to maximize the amount of sleep well get,” Melvin said. “We’ve hit all three nights here (in Anaheim), so based on the time we’re getting there, the prudent thing to do is to try to get some sleep.”