We will go at least one more day without Yankee baseball.
After sitting on the sidelines for four days, the team’s return to action has been postponed, as heavy rain in Atlanta forced today’s matchup with the Braves to be moved to tomorrow. The two teams will play a traditional doubleheader starting at 4:10pm. This means the Yankees will play three doubleheaders in the next five days, which I believe is unprecedented in recent baseball history. I would like to stop living in unprecedented times.
The extra workload on the pitching staff in particular could get ugly. Rosters just aren’t built to be this reactive, and even getting an extra player per doubleheader may not be enough for the team to get through this stretch uninjured. Given the team’s track record of health, that risk is underlined.
There are, fortunately, a couple silver linings here. First, the game was called before either pitcher took the mound, which should mean that Gerrit Cole still goes tomorrow. Had they tried to get in an inning or two and burned Cole, it would have further jumbled the Yankees’ plans for pitching this week and next.
In fact, this has been confirmed as the plan just as we published this story. Cole and Masahiro Tanaka will get the ball in games one and two respectively.
Second, this is another day for DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres to recover without the Yankees needing them in the lineup. The team is missing a lot of offensive punch at the moment, and being able to give players like LeMahieu time to recover without missing actual games is a bright spot in a dark and wet Atlanta night.
See you at 4:10 pm tomorrow. Don’t worry, it’s not like there’s a hurricane coming up the Gulf.