The schedule for the 2009 ALCS is as follows:
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 16, 7:57 p.m. ET
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 17, 7:57 p.m. ET
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 19, 4:13 p.m. ET
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7:57 p.m. ET
Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:57 p.m. ET
Game 6: Saturday, Oct. 24, 4:13 p.m. ET (or 7:57 p.m. ET if no NLCS game that day)
Game 7: Sunday, Oct. 25, 8:20 p.m. ET
The weather forecast, at this moment, for the Bronx calls for rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
It does appear as if they’ll have a window to play on Friday night – as of now. But, Saturday could be at risk. And, with Game Three scheduled for Monday out in SoCal, they’re going to have to try and get Game Two in that day – or the following day, on Sunday, depending on which day there’s less rain.
If they do play on Sunday, instead of Saturday, this is going to mess with the Yankees plans to use only three starting pitchers in this series. And, it’s going to make for some tired ballplayers on Monday, if they play on Sunday night, with Game Three scheduled for 1:13 pm Cali-time on Monday. (Think about it – going from NYC late Sunday/early Monday to the West Coast to play a few hours later on Monday – if they have to play Sunday night instead of Saturday night.)
Granted, both teams have to deal with this – and the Yankees have a better bullpen than the Angels, if it comes down to having to lose starters due to rain-delays, etc.
Of course, you have the off-day on Wednesday, October 21st – and you could shift Game Three to October 20th and Game Four to October 21st (and then play Game Five, as scheduled on October 22nd). And, that takes away the issue of no-sleep for Game Three – should the teams have to play in Sunday night instead of Saturday (for Game Two). But, MLB probably does not want to do that…
I wonder if the Yankees are keeping an eye on Saturday’s weather and working that into their plans? If they’re not, they should, for sure…