At this moment, the weather forecast for the Yankees home opener is as follows: Cloudy and breezy with a chance of rain – High: 47 °F RealFeel®: 38 °F. Just a chance of rain is pretty good. Not as good as “sunny” – but, better than a high chance of rain. The current forecast for later that same day is: Periods of rain in the evening; otherwise, cloudy – Low: 45 °F RealFeel®: 36 °F.
Let’s hope that rain on Monday night does not show up early and bring cause for the Yankees to push the opener to Tuesday. Granted, it’s supposed to be in the 60′s on Tuesday with sun. But, if the Yankees play on Tuesday, and not Monday, then it means they will open their season with 20 games in 20 days. (Sure, it may not seem that much different than 20 games in 21 days – but, every bit helps.)
In any event, given that it’s the start of the season, I don’t think you’ll see many Yankees starting pitchers going deep into games over the first two weeks or so. (Heck, you may never see Mussina or Hughes go late into a game this year.) So, the Yanks’ bullpen will be called upon – and often – during the first 20 games of the season. Let’s hope they’re up for the task right out of the chute.