Today’s wild thought is about post-season off-days and rain-outs. We know that the Yankees are off today and tomorrow. And, after Game One of the 2009 ALDS, they have another off-day. This is followed by Game Two on Friday – and that’s followed by another off-day. Oh, and, by the way, for the two days that the Yankees play at home this week, Wednesday and Friday, there’s some rain in the weather forecast.
Maybe this is just a gut feeling thing, and totally subjective, and somewhat off-base, but, I always felt that off-days and rain-outs have worked against the Yankees in the last four post-season series that they have played over the last five years. I recall, after the 2004 ALCS and 2006 ALDS, lamenting, in retrospect, about how things might have been different if certain games had not been rained-out. And, I want to say there was at least one other ALDS – 2005? – where it seemed like a break in the series sort of stopped some momentum or enabled the other team to bring back a better pitcher…but, this could just be me, as Roger Clemens likes to say, misremembering it.
In any event, how do you feel about all these off-days for the Yankees in this ALDS? Sure, it enables them to skip starting Joba Chamberlain. But, does it also allow the Twins or Tigers to somewhat recover from their play-in game tomorrow as well – allowing them to start a pitcher in Game 2 that maybe might not have been available if Games One and Two were on back-to-back days? Or, maybe it helps them come back in Game Three with a better pitcher? Maybe both?
All these off-days, whether planned or due to weather, just seem to mess with the flow of the series…or, is that just me? What do you think?