Despite clear skies in the afternoon, ESPN’s 8:05 p.m. EDT start time for Sunday Night Baseball doomed the Yankees to a rainout instead of Sunday night’s series finale in the Bronx.
As the headline references, the game will be made up on August 13. That lands in the middle of a Yankees homestand, conveniently enough. It will be sandwiched between a four-game set with Texas and a three-game set with Tampa Bay. Unfortunately for the Yankees, it means they will play 27 games in 28 days from tomorrow through August 19. They will have just one off-day in that span on July 30.
This marks the second time this season that the Yankees have missed a National League East team’s ace because of rain, having missed the Nationals’ Max Scherzer in June. Barring some miracle, we won’t see Jacob deGrom at Yankee Stadium until his introductory press conference (I’m only half-kidding).
The Yankees will keep their pitching rotation mostly intact going forward. Luis Severino had already flown ahead of the team to Tampa Bay and will make his regularly scheduled start Monday. Masahiro Tanaka, who was scheduled to start tonight, will start Tuesday instead. Luis Cessa and Sonny Gray will also pitch Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, as originally scheduled. CC Sabathia, who was supposed to start Tuesday, will be moved to Friday.