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MLB Scheduling: Upon us all a little rain must fall

These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall. This is the wonder of devotion. I see the torch we all must hold. This is the mystery of the quotient. Upon us all a little rain must fall.

They'll play soon, son. Any time now. They better for the amount I paid for these seats!
They'll play soon, son. Any time now. They better for the amount I paid for these seats!
Al Bello

If this were a typical Pinstriped Bible game thread, I could sum up this article with the always classic David Tennant Doctor Who "Sad in the Rain" gif we posted a lot after all those injuries and such. Since it's not a typical Pinstriped Bible game thread, but rather a rant, it's time to get to the point.

Rain and baseball are like raspberries and anything. They do not go well together. This is why most modern day stadiums should have retractable roofs of some kind. Yankee Stadium does not have one. Neither does Jacobs Field. Wait, what? Progressive Field? When the hell did that happen? Regardless of what it's called, Jacobs Field dealt with Mother Nature's "they're making another Transformers movie" tears. So because of Michael Bay, we were robbed of two nights of Yankees baseball. In the past, this wouldn't be that big of a deal on April 12th. It sucks now because of year long interleague, MLB's imbalanced scheduling, and Michael Bay.

If you don't want to read me rant about year long interleague or the imbalanced scheduling you should leave now and go to one of the quality articles that will be linked in here by the bosses.

Hey, glad you're still around, casual Pinstriped Bible reader. I #$%#$^$ing hate year long interleague and the imbalanced schedule. Now that I've got that out of my system, let's rant away! Rain outs always suck because either the team has to play a doubleheader or take a scheduled off day to make up the game. Usually this would occur the next time the Yankees came a callin' to Cleveland. Do you know the next time the Yankees go to Cleveland this year, boys and girls? Well unless the Indians shock the baseball world and faces the Yankees in the postseason, they do not. Maybe we can stop there on our way to Colorado to see Dinger. Or when we face the Dodgers in L.A. We also face them at home this year. For the record, totally called that exploitation last year. Expect it the following years as well.

The next time the Yankees face the Tribe is June 3rd through June 6th. That will also be the last time we see them in 2013. This comes in between a three game series with the vile, flatulent Red Sox and the beginning of a west coast road trip starting in Seattle. There are no off days in between. I'll say again that we do not go back to Cleveland this year and this series in June is the last time we see them all year. When the hell are they making these games up? It's research time.

Now I've analyzed both the Yankees and Indians schedule with a team of Columbia University Science Majors, and they told me to get out before they called campus security. Looking at both teams' schedules, I found out that the Yanks and Tribe have a grand total of three corresponding off days together. The first is April 15th. Both teams will have a break between series. Both teams will be at their home ballparks though. The second day is May 13th, the day Girardi expects to play the doubleheader. It's a travel day/rest day/off day for both teams. The third day is September 23rd. Like April 15th, both teams will be at their home ballparks.

Since the other two off days would have the Yankees fly to Cleveland, play the Indians twice in one day, then fly home and immediately play again, May 13th is the most logical day to do it. Which is sad. The Yankees will be coming home from Kansas City and the Indians will be flying from Detroit to Philadelphia. What would be a normal period of games with a normal off day becomes a sixteen game stretch in which seventeen games are played. To top it all off, after the end of that sixteen game stretch without an off day is a seventeen game stretch without one as well. Does this sound horrible to anyone else?

Here's a fun thought for you. What if that game is rained out? That leaves either those other two off days, of which I already mentioned the awfulness of that, or our three home games with the Tribe. We're talking about not one, not five, but two double headers right before the Yankees have to fly to Seattle for four games at Safeco. Wanna know something else? This series with the Tribe is also in the middle of that seventeen game stretch without a day off I just mentioned up above, starting in Tampa Bay and ending in Seattle. If the Yankees and Indians do make up these two games at Yankee Stadium that's nineteen games in seventeen days. In layman's terms, that's insane. There's really no chance of this happening though. Well, unless May 13th gets rained out. Then what choice do we have?

Again, it's essential that we face the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, and Rays 70+ games out of the year. Year-long interleague has to be done. Now we're looking at one of the consequences of this imbalanced scheduling. If anything, we're fortunate that these two games weren't against one of the NL teams the Yankees will face this year. Not that it still can't happen, mind you. Just for fun, I checked the 10-day forecast for Yankee Stadium and there's a 30% chance of rain on April 18th, our final game against the Diamondbacks. You can't predict rain, Suzyn.

This is one of many reasons why I really hate what baseball scheduling has become. Due to the plethora of division rival matchups and now year-long interleague, the Yankees will only see some teams once or twice during the entire season. They have to hope for no rain or else it screws them down the line. This is where not having a retractable dome can really suck. This is where only facing one team one time during the year can really, really suck. This is why I want a more balanced schedule. I know it's a fantasy, though. Too much money would be lost. This is the wonder of devotion. I see the torch we all must hold.

The Yankees are scheduled to play the Orioles tonight. The forecast is showing rain again. We play the Orioles seventeen more times after tonight, so this game will be easy to make up if it gets rained out. Hurray!

This is the mystery of the quotient. Upon us all a little rain must fall.

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