Mother nature did its thing and now the Guardians are playing another afternoon playoff game. Following reports of bad weather in the New York City area last night, officials decided to push the game ahead a day. It’s the right decision if it means starting pitchers don’t have to start and stop, but it also means that the Guardians and Yankees are playing four days in a row to end the series.
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Nothing much changes this afternoon — it’s still Shane Bieber vs. Nestor Cortes — but bullpen depth may play a bigger part with four straight days of baseball (at most) ahead. One interesting, if unsurprising, confirmation from Terry Francona yesterday was that Bieber was unlikely to start Game 5 on short rest even if Game 2 went as planned yesterday.
“I think the way I worded it the other day was like if he had gone maybe two innings because of rain or something [then he could come back on Monday],” Francona said. “You don’t ever want to just say no. But I think [pitching coach Carl Willis] and I both, our thoughts were that we weren’t leaning towards that as being an option we really wanted to do just because of what [Bieber’s] been through and everything.
So it probably wasn’t happening before the delay, but now it’s definitely not happening as there are only two days between Games 2 and 5.
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