Here’s the current weather forecast for NYC: Friday, rain. Saturday, rain. Sunday, rain. Monday, rain. And, for good measure, Tuesday, rain.
What a mess this is going to be for Games 3 and 4 of the Yanks-Angels ALCS. I know in the past, for April games where snow was expected, the Yankees would sometimes borrow a tarp from (if I recall correctly) Giants Stadium to help keep the OF dry during the night. That’s not going to happen now. At some point in one of these games, some outfielder is going to think he’s on a Slip’n Slide.
And, of course, there’s the poor fans at the Stadium who are going to have to sit in and through all this. That’s not fun.
How will this rain help/hurt the Yankees? The only way that it will possibly help is that a wet rack might slow down the Angels running game. But, that’s minor.
Where it’s going to kill the Yankees is the bullpen – in the sense that their roster weakness will be exposed. If there’s a long rain delay, and the Yankees starting pitcher has to come out of the game, and it’s before the 7th inning, here comes the Leiters, Proctors, and Embrees of the world. On the flip side, the Angels have more quality arms in their pen to cover for the early loss of a starting pitcher.
Just think, if the Yankees had won home field for this LDS, it wouldn’t matter if it was going to rain here tomorrow and Saturday, would it?