As a TV viewer, I can’t think of anything worse than when the Yanks play games in the Pacific timezone…except for 130-minute rain delays. Ugh, what a disruption to my sleep schedule!
In any event, the game was as lousy as the weather as the Yankees fell to the Rays 7-2 thanks to the predictably sub-standard work of Chad Gaudin.
One could safely make the argument that the Yanks implicitly forfeited this game by having Royce Ring, Dustin Moseley, Chad Gaudin and Jonathan Albaladejo pitch in relief after starter AJ Burnett got shelved during the two hour pause.
On the other hand, I can only lament that the Rays had MLB-ready starting pitching prospect Jeremy Hellickson on the ready while the Yankees bullpen has no comparable arm (or prospect) standing by. Perhaps in a few years a pitcher like Betances, Banuelos, Brackman or Warren will fill this role in September. Until then, however, Girardi’s only choices are to tax his critical short men or to wave white flags and pitch bums like Gaudin.
After tonight’s series finale with the Rays (Sabathia v. Price!), the Yankees finish the season with nine more games against divisional opponents. Given that the first two tie-breakers in the event of a Yanks/Rays tie atop the AL East are head-to-head record and divisional record, the Yanks would be wise to win tonight’s game in order to end the season with an even 9-9 record against Tampa.