When Major League Baseball started this game in a delay, it seemed to be benefit the Yankees. The last thing they needed was to have CC Sabathia’s first ALCS appearance cut short by a mid-game rain delay. By the time this game was rained out and postponed until tomorrow, the advantage shifted the other way.
Sabathia will start tomorrow, and with the Yankees needing to win four games in four days, Sabathia will not make another start in this series. Brian Cashman said he wouldn’t even consider it if Sabathia asked.
“No,” Cashman said. “I’m not thinking that far ahead, let’s just worry about tomorrow. If we take care of business tomorrow then we can worry about the next day. I want to be in a position to do that.”
Of course it’s premature to ask questions about a Game 7 when this Yankees team has yet to win a single game this series, but the only way for the Yankees to advance is to force a seventh game. The Yankees might have to focus on one game at a time, but nothing else matters unless this series keeps going until Sunday.
“It doesn’t matter what they throw at us, we have to find a way,” Cashman said. “It’s all about winning our next game, then we’ll worry about the day after and the day after. Whatever the schedule turns out to be, it doesn’t matter. We will find a way. We have no choice.”
Starting Sabathia only once in a seven-game series. Is that a bad break?
“I thought the first three games were bad breaks, the way they unfolded for us,” Cashman said. “It really doesn’t matter. Nothing matters other than getting our team in a position to play to the best of its abilities and get in that win column. That’s all that matters. What day it happens to come on and what the schedule turns out to be, none of that matters. What matters is us finding a way to get the job done starting tomorrow instead of today.”
• Cashman said he was heavily involved in the decision to delay and then postpone tonight’s game, and he agreed with the decision. “I think it was an obvious decision based on what the radar was,” Cashman said. “It was going to be an unplayable situation.”
• By the way, it just started raining a little bit ago and still hasn’t really started to come down as hard as the radar suggests. If a rain delay had occurred when the rain started, I have to guess that would have been around the sixth inning.
• As the Yankees players association representative, Curtis Granderson said he was kept up to speed on the league’s decision-making process, but the players had no say. “They were just letting us know and updating us as to what was going on,” Granderson said. “There was a meeting at one time, and then another meeting, and then the storm, and they finally ended up making the decision.”
• On being held out of the lineup: “That’s just baseball being baseball,” Granderson said. “You’ve got to go with whatever you can. You mix guys up, move guys up and down, guys in, guys out, and that’s part of it. This isn’t the first time this lineup has changed. I’m a speaking example of it. I’ve batted in pretty much every spot all season long. So it’s not the first time.”
• Nick Swisher on being back in the lineup tonight: “This is my favorite thing in the world to do,” Swisher said. “To get back in there, especially after last night, I was ready today.”
• What was the feeling like in the clubhouse during the delay? “We’re all kind of in here just relaxing, trying to get that vibe back,” Swisher said. “Tomorrow’s going to be a big game and we’re going to be ready for it.”
• The Yankees didn’t say whether they would stick with the same lineup, but the Tigers are sticking with Max Scherzer as their starter.
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