The MLB announced that Game 2 between the Yankees and Guardians has been delayed until 1:07 PM on Friday, October 14th.
Ethan's Quick Reaction:
What an absolute joke by the MLB.
The ALDS schedule was quite literally released within this week. Yet, instead of scheduling the series around stadiums that aren't domes/don't have retractable roofs (Yankee Stadium & Progressive Field) in areas that are prone to inclement weather (New York & Cleveland) and looking forward at a 7-day forecast (which would've indicated a nice day yesterday and a rainy day today), they went ahead and absolutely made a mess of this situation.
We can only hope that the Yankees make quick work of the Guardians tomorrow and Saturday. If not, a lot of things become problems.
Gerrit Cole will be able to pitch a Game 4 (if necessary) on normal rest. But, with Nestor Cortes now scheduled to pitch tomorrow and a potential Game 5 scheduled for Monday, that would give him just 2 days rest. Would the Yankees be willing to send him forward on super short rest? Does Jameson Taillon then get the ball to start? How about the bullpen? The Yankees are already short staffed. Think about what 4 games in 4 days will do to the availability of their (very few) solid guys.
This is not good for the Yankees. They will need to win Games 2 and 3. At the very least, they need to avoid playing a Game 5.
At that same point, every other team in the postseason will have normally rested players who will be ready for any next series. We have to hope the Seattle Mariners will be able to play up to the Houston Astros and get that series going long. We will have to hope that the Seattle Mariners really eat into the Astros bullpen, as they did on Tuesday.
What an absolute joke by the MLB. This could've seen easily avoidable. Now it's a mess that will effect the product on the field.
As a plus, I can only imagine ticket prices for the game tomorrow will be pretty well priced. Good luck getting off tomorrow to attend it. Unless you're retired, or you control your own schedule, I can't imagine many people are going to be able to make the trek into the city to get to see a late-scheduled game on a Friday afternoon.
Remember, this is not a call from the New York Yankees. This schedule was created by the MLB.
Credit to them for calling the game before 1PM so that people won't start heading to the stadium too early, spending their money on highway tolls, bridge fees, parking spots, food and drinks, and then not get anything to show for it.
Still. This was easily avoidable. Look at the forecast, MLB. Look at the weather.
I'm very annoyed.