DETROIT — There’s an old saying about cities like this one: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.’’
But Saturday and into Sunday, that doesn’t seem to be the operative situation.
Heavy rain washed out the Yankees-Tigers game Saturday afternoon. It was rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The forecast doesn’t figure to be all that much better, with a high of 44 degrees predicted and steady rain pretty much throughout the day.
“No, doesn’t look very good,” Aaron Boone said shortly after Saturday’s game was postponed. “We’ll just try and have a good day of rest today. Some guys are getting some work in now and we’ll prepare ourselves as if we’re getting ready to go tomorrow, and then we’ll see what Mother Nature has for us.”
What She has had thus far this season has not been good for the most part. It’s been a stretch marked by cold and rain. Still, Boone pointed out that going into Saturday, the Yankees had had only one game postponed: The home opener on April 2 against Tampa Bay was snowed out and made up the next day. They have had the start of two games delayed, April 3 and 4, and an in-game delay, Thursday in Boston.
“Actually, with some of the bad weather we’ve had, we’ve been pretty fortunate that we’ve been able to get most of them in,” Boone said. “I know other teams have a lot of makeups to do now, so that makes it a challenge.”
Weather permitting, Boone said Luis Severino will start Sunday’s first game. Luis Cessa, who was supposed to make a spot start Saturday, will go in the night game.
Given the Sunday forecast, getting even one of the games in should be considered a long shot. In that event, the Yankees would have to come back later in the season for a makeup game (or two). The clubs have common off days June 4 and 11, Aug. 20 and Sept. 13. They also have mutual off days Sept. 6, but the Yankees will be in the middle of a West Coast trip then, so that’s highly unlikely.
“I think if the weather’s awful, it’s awful,” Boone said of how long the teams might have to wait things out Sunday. “If it’s like this and it’s raining all day and that’s the forecast, I’d like to think it would be called intelligently ahead of time. But we’ll see.”