Capital Punishment: Weather in D.C. Derails Series

Mother Nature wins again.

The Yankees and Washington Nationals did not get too far in their two-games series. The teams made it through 5½ innings of 3-to-3 baseball before being forced to suspend the game prior to the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday. The teams planned to finish the suspended game Wednesday evening prior to the regularly scheduled start time of Wednesday’s game.

Fast forward to tonight: none of the 12½ innings of baseball scheduled ended up being played. The threat of further bad weather forced the the completion of Tuesday’s game and playing of Wednesday’s game into a doubleheader on June 18.

“You’ve got to deal with it,” Giancarlo Stanton said to Bryan Hoch. “It’d be worse if we were just sitting around here all day and they banged it. We got good notice. We’ll get a little workout in, get what we need cleaned up and play when the weather is ready.”

Manager Aaron Boone told reporters that Thursday, a mutual off-day for both teams, could not function as a makeup date because of hotel conflicts and a previously scheduled event at Nationals Park.

There is both good and bad to that postponement:

  • The Good: the Yankees avoid Max Scherzer, the Nationals’ ace who carried a 1.69 ERA (1.75 FIP) into what would’ve been his start tonight. Plus, the Yankees regain the designated hitter as they open up a three-game series with the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.
  • The Bad: the June 18 makeup date occurs in the middle of what would’ve been a nine-game homestand. The Yankees must play the Tampa Bay Rays on June 17, go to Washington to play those 12½ innings of baseball and then return to the Bronx to take on the Seattle Mariners on June 19. The Yankees will play 17 games in 16 days from June 12 to June 27.

The Yankees won’t reshuffle their starting rotation because of the rainouts. CC Sabathia, who was scheduled to start Wednesday, will start the series opener in Kansas City. He will be followed by Luis Severino on Saturday and Sonny Gray on Sunday.

Aaron Boone indicated that current fifth starter Domingo Germán will be available in relief during the Royals series, since he has not appeared in a game since May 12. According to the Yankees official website, he is scheduled to start May 22 in Texas.


It’s unclear if the Yankees will continue going with a seven-man bullpen and four-man bench in Kansas City. The team recalled Clint Frazier for the Nationals series, and designated David Hale for assignment to gain a roster spot. The Yankees do have an open 40-man spot with Hale in DFA-limbo, and also now have a healthy Giovanny Gallegos at their disposal. Boone told reporters that Gallegos would have been recalled as the 26th man if the Yankees were to play two games Wednesday.

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