Anyone got tickets to tomorrow night’s game? If you do, bring an umbrella.
Here’s the forecast for tomorrow in the Bronx. My very unscientific guess after looking at that page is that while there may well be a delay or two, it’s likely that Game 2 will get played.
But what if it doesn’t? A rainout would mean losing the travel day and playing Game 2 on Saturday and Game 3 on Sunday. Suddenly, the Yankees plans for only needing three starters in the first round would be shot.
In the rainout scenario, A.J. Burnett would pitch Game 2 on Saturday, Andy Pettitte would go in Game 3 Sunday and CC Sabathia would pitch Monday as scheduled. But who goes in a potential Game 5 on Wednesday? The Yankees options would be Burnett on short rest (always dicey for a guy who’s injury history isn’t the best), Chad Gaudin or … Joba Chamberlain?
The Post is reporting that the Yankees are “leaning heavily” toward keeping Chamberlain in the pen should they make the ALCS, which is hardly surprising – Gaudin has been miles better as a starter over the past month – but what if they need a starter in this series? Mother Nature may end up forcing the Yankees to make the call on Joba sooner than they expected.