The scheduling overlords at MLB decided that — weather permitting — the American League teams would play every other day in the Division Series. That means a day off yesterday, and a day off tomorrow. In other words, a Friday evening with no other sports and the Yankees won’t be playing in primetime. Bonkers.
Anyway, the weather could correct MLB’s mistake by forcing today’s game to be postponed until tomorrow. As of this writing, there is a 77% chance of rain and thunderstorms in New York City around first pitch. Rain is expected to continue falling in the Big Apple through Friday morning, but skies should be clear by the afternoon if they chose to delay the game by a day.
Cleveland Guardians news
Cleveland Guardians vs. New York Yankees: Why Game 2 of ALDS could be pushed from Thursday to Friday
This doesn’t bode well for a potential Game 2, but it wouldn’t be a Guardians season (or a Shane Bieber start) without bad weather.
“A strong frontal system will bring moderate to heavy rainfall, gusty winds and embedded thunderstorms to the region Thursday afternoon and into Thursday night,” NWS officials shared on Facebook.
If the game is pushed back, it means the Guardians and Yankees would play four days in a row if all five games are needed. It also means that there will be no travel days between New York and Cleveland as Games 3 and 4 are home games for the Guards.
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