The rain on Wednesday caused the whole program to be postponed to another day. The day was supposed to hold the makeshift semi-doubleheader between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees to shift to June 18.
Till the time the New York open a 3-game series at Kansas City Royals on Friday, the new manager Aaron Boone’s Club will be over with five innings in a time period of four days, cheers to Rain and the scheduled break for that.
That is not how The Major League Baseball work happens in normal days.
“We’ll be fine. We have guys out right now, throwing bullpens. Guys are in the cage down there, hitting,” Boone said on the day which was supposedly booked for makeshift semi-doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, with the games shifted to June 18. “It’s not perfect, but in the end, a couple days here, hopefully, we can take advantage of, from a rest standpoint, allow us to reset our ‘pen a bit. We’ll just look at it as a good chance to rest some of our guys.”
The Yankees-Nationals interleague series originally was supposed to have one game Tuesday, the other Wednesday. But the opener was suspended because of rain with the score 3-3 in the middle of the sixth inning Tuesday night. That was supposed to resume Wednesday, followed by the originally scheduled second game, which would have featured two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on the mound for Washington against New York’s CC Sabathia.
But the rain fall ruined all the plans shifting the match to June 18.
On being asked from Boone about whether he regret not being able to face Scherzer he answered with a wide grin on his face that: “You always like facing the best.” Then he paused a minute and continued: “Especially when I don’t have to hit them.”
New York had to face much alike situation last month with Detroit, when a game that was scheduled for Saturday was moved to Sunday due to rain which was again shifted to June 4 as a twin-bill.
Monday was off for both Yankees and Nationals team then they had a short round of innings on Tuesday and was told they are off just before 70 minutes to their Wednesday’s scheduled first pitch. And Thursday was already booked to be off.
“You’ve got to deal with it,” Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton said. “It would be worse if we had just (been) sitting around here all day and then they (postpone) it. But we get good notice and then go get a little workout in.”
Washington’s rotation has been shifted a day back, due to which now on Friday the Scherzer will face Los Angeles Dodgers as an opening set of game with Tanner Roark and Stephen Strasburg close behind. Next, Yankees are positioned with Sabathia, opening the series at the Royals, which will be followed by Luis Severino on Saturday and Sonny Gray is moved to Sunday from Friday.
Both the teams have Thursday off, but Boone said that he understands that there was no game possible on that particular day at Nationals Park as the Yankees’ travel plans were had been fixed beforehand and Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s multiple sclerosis charity event is scheduled at the team’s stadium that day.
“I was just told, kind of definitely, yesterday that Thursday was not an option,” Boone said.
June 18 had been a free day for both the Yankees and Nationals. Washington is coming off a weekend series in Toronto and begins a three-game series with Baltimore at home on Tuesday. New York is coming off a weekend series at home against Tampa Bay and begins a three-game set at home against Seattle on Tuesday.
Stanton’s 1000th hit was not what was expected from a person who has scored 277 home runs in which 59 were on the last season, when he was the NL MVP for the Marlins. It was such a disastrous disappointment on the fifth inning on Tuesday. “You see my first hit ever? Think it might have been harder than that one,” Stanton said with a smile Wednesday. “So, I’m fine with it.” Yep, his first hit was an infield single on a chopper to second base.
Boone said Yankees OF Clint Frazier will hang around a bit longer, conceivably looking for a chance to face the left-handed pitching in Kansas City. “That will be something we monitor day to day. That will be a fluid situation,” Boone said. “We won’t have him here, just regularly sitting.” Frazier was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. “I’m just here to get at-bats right now. I just want to get an opportunity,” Frazier said. “I didn’t want to go back down without at least getting one at-bat to try to push for a spot.”