DETROIT — Weather forecasting is a notoriously inexact, and many times inaccurate, science.
But as far as the weather was concerned, the weekend in Detroit went exactly as predicted, leaving the Yankees and Tigers two games to make up later this season.
Saturday afternoon’s game between the clubs was postponed that morning. Then the split doubleheader that somewhat optimistically was scheduled for Sunday — at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. — also was postponed.
The first game was called at about 11 a.m. It took a bit longer to postpone the nightcap, with the announcement coming at about 1 p.m. Now the teams will play a split doubleheader at 1:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. June 4.
Aaron Boone said that was the preferred date from the Yankees’ perspective. As player rep David Robertson pointed out, however, the Yankees would have liked a straight doubleheader. The Tigers, for obvious financial reasons, wanted the split doubleheader.
“I really wanted the straight doubleheader,” Robertson said. “But we got the day we wanted, so we’ll take that. I understand that [Detroit preferring the split], but I think moving forward, the rules need to change so that no matter what, those games are straight doubleheaders because we play too many games for us to be dealing with playing at 1 o’clock and 7 o’clock, especially traveling the whole time. That was the hardest part of it was trying to find what worked on our schedule.”
June 4, a Monday, initially was an off day for the Yankees, who will be in the midst of a trip. They will play June 3 in the afternoon in Baltimore and have a night game June 5 in Toronto. They are off June 7.
Said Boone, “Grateful to everyone that was involved, from the Commissioner’s Office to the Players Association, to Robby, our representative, to Cash [Brian Cashman] and our front office and the Tigers’. I think the fact we got to the date that we got to was a good thing for everyone.”
There was some initial pushback behind the scenes from MLB because June 4 is the date of the first-year player draft. Only three games are on the schedule for that day, all of them on the West Coast, and indications are MLB did not want to take attention away from the draft.
“They very graciously waived it for us to play on the fourth,” Robertson said. “I don’t see why it’s going to hurt the draft at all. If three [games] are being played, I don’t see why we can’t play on it as well. We have a lot of games. We need to get them in.”
Boone tweaked his rotation for the Marlins series as a result of the washed-out weekend.
Luis Cessa was slated to start Saturday’s game and Luis Severino was scheduled to go Sunday. If the doubleheader had been played, Severino would have gone in the first game and Cessa would have started the second. Now Severino will start Monday and Masahiro Tanaka, Monday’s scheduled starter, will pitch Tuesday. CC Sabathia, who was supposed to come off the disabled list to start Tuesday, will face the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Weather permitting, of course. Rain is in the forecast for Monday and could be a factor later in the week.
Though there has been a good deal of criticism directed at MLB this April for not putting more thought into the schedule — as it relates to games in the Northeast and Midwest — Robertson didn’t necessarily agree.
“I just think there’s just too many teams and too many games,” he said. “The schedule’s going to be the schedule.”