ALDS Game One suspended

ALDS Game One: Tigers @ Yankees
2011 ALDS: Previewing Doug Fister
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MLB exec Joe Torre announced that ALDS Game One has been suspended due to rain. The game will resume at 8:37pm ET on Saturday at the same point they left off tonight: tied at one in the middle of the top and bottom halves of the second inning. Game Two will be pushed back to Sunday at 3:07pm ET, so the teams lose that off day. Absolutely brutal.

The two clubs will use their Game Two starters tomorrow night (Ivan Nova and Doug Fister), and then their Game Three starters on Sunday (Freddy Garcia and Max Scherzer). Justin Verlander will start in the new Game Three on Monday, and CC Sabathia is likely to start that game as well. He threw 27 pitches tonight and intends to lobby for Sunday’s start.

The loss of the off day means the Yankees will need a fourth starter, and Joe Girardi indicated that he’s leaning towards A.J. Burnett for Game Four. Jim Leyland said that Rick Porcello will start a potential Game Four, and both teams would presumably bring back tomorrow’s starters for a potential Game Five on normal rest. Ken Davidoff says the teams will be allowed to revise their rosters, so the Yankees could choose to add Bartolo Colon if they want. There’s also the issue of bullpen rest now; forget about going nuts with Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast calls for rain, and Torre indicated that MLB will consider a doubleheader if they have another delay/suspension  not allow a postseason doubleheader. Leyland doesn’t plan to make any immediate lineup changes even though they will no longer be facing a lefty on Saturday.

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ALDS Game One: Tigers @ Yankees
2011 ALDS: Previewing Doug Fister
  • The Big City of Dreams

    SMH so pissed

  • smittdogg

    This sucks. When can CC pitch again?

    • CP

      Tomorrow. Probably around 8:50 or 9:00 since they have to get the bottom of the second in before he can pitch.

  • radnom

    Given how the regular season went, we all should have been expecting this.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Wonder if Girardi will use Hughes or Burnett tomorrow. This sucks, big time.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S

    Is this actually someone’s fault, or is this uncontrollable? I feel like we’re inclined to blame someone for this insanity, but logically only the weather is really culpable… right?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Blame God.

      /A-Gon’d

    • Pasqua

      That you are even asking that question makes me wonder how any of us are going to survive this postseason.

    • Frigidevil

      How about TBS for having a 8:37 start? CC and Verlander could have pitched into the 7th inning if the game started at 7.

      • Sayid J.

        Blah blah blah. If it had started at 7, the rain couldve started at 7:30. No way of blaming TBS for this.

  • McLovin

    This just sucks.

  • Jake

    You gotta be kidding me! So no CC tomorrow most likely tomorrow, and he’d start game 3? So CC only once this series?

    • Greg

      Not if they bring back CC on Sunday for game 2 and then pitch him on three days fro game 5.

      • Adam

        no off day, that would be 2 days rest…

        • JCK

          The Wednesday off-day isn’t lost (just Sunday’s). So it’d still be 3 days (M,T,W) for the Thursday game 5 if CC pitches Sunday.

          (I don’t think he will, though, especially if we win game 1.)

    • J

      On the flip side, that means no Verlander either.

  • Jimmy

    Crap. If CC pitches tomorrow, he can’t pitch game 4 now.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      I assure you he will not pitch tomorrow.

      • CP

        I wouldn’t be so sure. He only threw 27 pitches tonight.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        He won’t, and won’t pitch Sunday. Girardi said so.

      • Jimmy

        Yeah, you’re probably right. Couldn’t have worked out worse. At least Verlander’s in the same boat.

  • Pasqua

    My proposed World Series DVD title:

    “The New York Yankees. 28 Championships. 162 Days of Rain.”

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Nova tomorrow, Freddy Sunday. You heard it from Girardi.

    • CP

      That means AJ for game 4 on Tuesday?

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        He doesn’t know beyond Monday. He said they’ll consider having CC go Monday, but he never wrote that in stone. The only thing he’s sure about is Nova tomorrow, Freddy on Sunday.

        • nycsportzfan

          why woulden’t u go with CC on sunday? Its kinda dumb considering hes a absoulute WORK HORSE who proved u can lean on him super heavily as he did when he lead the brew crew to the playoffs and us to a WS WIN in 09 Win or lose today your either going for a 2-0 lead tommorow which takes control of the series or your going for a 1-1 tie and not going down 2games to none in the series I am inclined to side with CC here and the fact that its so important and our rotation is really up in the air after CC and its the end of the season if we don’t win u have to use CC as much as possible Using CC on Sunday is the only logical thing in my eyes

  • A-ROD fan

    My goddd this is bad

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Probable rotations-

    Nova
    CC
    Garcia
    Burnett
    CC

    Fister
    Verlander
    Scherzer
    Porcello
    Fister

    • Pasqua

      If you’re going to have to wait until Game 5 to see CC again, why would you skip him to Game 2? Why not put him back out there tomorrow and give yourself the best chance to get a lead in the series. Am I missing something?

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        You are missing something. Girardi said he’s not pitching tomorrow OR Sunday. He said they may consider him using Monday, but Nova goes tomorrow, Freddy on Sunday.

        • Pasqua

          Thank you. I was not listening to the press conference. I also realized, after typing that, CC wouldn’t be back tomorrow due to the routine.

          Girardi said no CC on Sunday? Really? That would be his throw day. You’d think that would be a possibility.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            You’re welcome. No problem.
            And I’m a little baffled myself that he won’t pitch Sunday because they could bring him back on Thursday on 3 Days rest for a possible game 5. But yes he said it for sure. No CC on Sunday, Freddy will go.

  • Mike R.

    It doesn’t really matter that C.C. is not pitching because neither is Verlander–cancels out.

  • Rain rain rain

    But it’s also supposed to rain tomorrow night at exactly the same time. Oh noes!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kostas

    Girardi just said CC on Monday which means CC only goes one game in this fuck up series.

    This cancellation kills the Yankees more than Detroit.

    • Greg

      No it doesnt. Verlander can also only go once so they cancel each other out.

      • Adam

        they have a deeper rotation than we do, we now have to use a 4th starter cuz there is no off day

      • Kostas

        Um with a day off Joe could use the bullpen every day – Soriano/Robertson/Mo…. Now without a day off, he can’t do that.

        That benefits Detroit – Yanks can’t hit Valverde.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          It’s the playoffs. If he has to use them 3 days in a row he’ll do it.

        • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S

          I laughed.

      • Mike

        Only thing is that this game CC looked much sharper than Verlander.

        • Sarah

          Which could easily still happen on Monday.

        • Kostas

          yep meaning they could now lose game 1. CC wasn’t losing tonight, you could see it.

  • Andy

    Press conference on YES

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    this sucks balls

  • Jamey

    If I recall in 2006 I think, I had tickets to the Tigers-Yankees ALDS game that was postponed for rain that never came, & this year I’ll miss a game because Saturday will no longer be Game 2. Wow I hate rain.

    • nedro

      Tix for Saturday can be used for Sunday.

      • Jamey

        Flying home Sunday.

  • Andy

    Sounds like Nova is pitching tomorrow

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    This blooooooooows.

  • Ivan

    Talk about a mothafucking bitch smh….

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S

    Gaaaaaaahhhhhhhh so much horseshit

  • ED
  • Tyrion Lannister

    Will this affect Russell Martin catching every ballgame? What a joke. What a mess. MLB screwed up big time.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      What did you want them to do? Wait it out?

    • J

      What else were they supposed to do?

      • Tyrion Lannister

        Not start the game in the first place. They totally altered the series. We have to watch AJ. Bartolo’s not on the roster. They screwed us.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          They are allowed to change the rosters. They should put Colon on, have him start Monday, and drop Ayala.

          • Greg

            Have you seen Colon recently? He would be eaten alive.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              AJ has had ONE good game – against the Red Sox – in September. I trust Colon more than AJ right now.

              • Greg

                Burnett in September- 2-0 with a 4.30 ERA

                Colon in September- 0-1 with a 5.96 ERA

                • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                  Colon’s numbers are messed up because of that hungover start against the Rays, and when he has been good (2 very good starts, against LAA and TB), he hasn’t gotten run support.

              • Sarah

                If there was ever a team to have a good start against…

                Bart got hammered by the Rays (2x) and the Angels in the past month.

                No one likes the idea of AJ pitching, but it’s a possibility, and all we can do is hope for that Red Sox start.

            • FIPster Doofus

              Have you seen Burnett the last two years? He would be eaten alive.

              • Greg

                I would Burnett over Colon right now.

                • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

                  I would go Hughes over both of them.

                  • Greg

                    If he’s healthy enough then ok. But he needs to be healthy.

                    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

                      He did pitch a couple games in relief, although he’s not quite stretched out.

          • Sarah

            If they take someone off, that player isn’t eligible for the next round.

            • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

              They can live without Ayala.

            • Pasqua

              If they’re letting the teams re-adjust their rosters, seems to me that there would be no injury penalty.

          • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

            Ayala would need to have a phantom injury.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              Ken Davidoff says the teams will be allowed to revise their rosters,

              To me, this would indicate a phantom injury is not necessary, but again, even if they lose Ayala, it’s hardly the end of the world.

          • Urban

            I haven’t seen anything about chaning the rosters. Not doubting you and I’d like to think they’re providing the option, but I haven’t seen it yet.

        • Sarah

          AJ is probably as good an option as Bartolo at this point. Bartolo got shelled his last couple of outings.

          • Adam

            I still think, even with the injuries and bad starts, Hughes gives them the best chance for a quality start over those 2…

    • Rainbow Connection

      It’s 1am and still raining.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Burnett has a legit chance of starting now? This is the worst news by far.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Fister tomorrow, Scherzer on Sunday, Verlander on Monday.

    Leyland said it himself on YES.

  • Greg

    So the matchups will be

    Game 1(cont) Nova-Fister
    Game 2 Garcia-Scherzer
    Game 3 Sabathia-Verlander
    Game 4 Burnett-Porcello
    Game 5 Nova-Fister

  • OldYanksFan

    Wow… I would think CC on Sunday and then again on Thursady. That would give us an advanatge, and CC could still do 2 games in a 7 game ALCS. He had 9 days off. Why won’t Joe go with him on Sunday?

    • Brian S.

      He’s not going to start on two days rest. That’s impossible.

      • Brian S.

        Nevermind I forgot about that off day between a potential game four and five. My bad.

  • Ivan

    Talk about throwing a major monkey wrench into the series.

  • D-Lite

    At least got 2 IP of CC vs 1IP of Verlander in the game. Small consolation, but consolation nonetheless

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Well there’s someone looking on the bright side! Kudos.

      (no sarcasm intended)

  • Andy

    I love how relaxed the managers are and how everyone is freaking out so much. This sucks, but it’s not the end of the world. Don’t we all legit think the Yankees can win the world series? If so, then they should be able to “overcome” a rain out no matter how frustrating, or how much it fucks with our rotation.

    • alittleblackegg

      Agreed. Life goes on. I really don’t think that the delay is going to move the odds. Both teams are solid, but neither has a deep rotation.

  • Sarah

    Torre saying they don’t have a plan for tomorrow if it rains? The hell? Get a plan, geniuses.

    • wilcymoore27

      The first plan should have been for MLB to allot two days before the start of the playoffs. Bud Selig and company came up with a schedule so tight that it requires perfect weather and no regular season ties. Imagine if Boston and Tampa had finished tied after 162 games. Or Atlanta-St. Louis. The playoff game winner would have been screwed – no off day, cross-country travel each night, etc.

      The biggest joke is that MLB would like to insert a SECOND wild card team into the mix next year. Imagine the havoc that will wreak if anything interrupts their perfectly-timed schedule.

      • Rosco

        I know people think they are ugly and it would have cost more but a retractable roof would have solved all of this along with all the regular season games.

        • Andrew 518

          Not worth it, this sucks but baseball should never be played inside.

      • fin

        Two things. First: its all about the money, if it wasnt they would be playing 1pm games like they did in the day, and retracted the schedule to compensate for the expanded playoff round (4 days of the reg season to compensate for the extra round of playoffs). Cant blame them for the money. 2: They changed the playoff days off immediately after the Yankees won it all with 3 pitchers. I cant blame them for that either, you should need to play at least 4 pitchers. YOu want to add a day to the season? The season should be shortend by 3 or 4 days, so the playoffs dont go into November.

    • Jorge

      Torre always has a plan. The problem is that Scott Proctor is off the postseason roster. Therefore, he has no plan.

      • fin

        I’m sure they will have a plan by tommorow, lighten up.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Torre didn’t rule out the possibility of a split DH’er.

  • ItsATarp

    The weather has really fucked us this season

  • Andrew 518

    Remember all the “we’ve got to eliminate these off days” controversey from last year. Eliminate them we did, now we have this mess.

  • nsalem

    I think that this will hurt the Tigers more than the Yankees. Would not be surprised to see CC on Sunday, despite what Girardi said.

  • ash

    CC wants Sunday. Does Girardi give it to him?

    • parmesan

      Yes. CC needs to pitch Sunday. The man wants it; ride the stud to victory.

    • Sarah

      I doubt it. With the ALCS starting on Saturday, Joe has to be thinking ahead. If he goes Sunday, and then on Thursday, he’s not available for ALCS Game 1.

      • nsalem

        surely you must jest

      • CUYanks

        If it doesn’t go 5 then he wouldn’t have to pitch game 5 and would be available for ALCS game 1 anyway. No sense in planning for the ALCS before you make it there.

      • tom

        Umm…if they don’t win the series, ALCS Game 1 is a moot point.

        And if they’ve wrapped up the series in 3 or 4, CC being on tap for Game 5 is also moot.

        Look ahead, but stay in the present.

        • Sarah

          In a perfect world, they wrap this up in 3. Could happen.

    • GoYanks

      Yes. Give CC the ball, and let him win game 2 and leave him eligible for a possible game 5. Do not let Burnett start!

      MLB is so stupid. They couldn’t find a meteorologist who could give a prediction an hour ahead of time? And MLB is nuts if they plan a playoff doubleheader.

      • Evan3457

        Wouldn’t matter. Burnett would still have to start game 4, because Nova’s not going to start game 4 on two days’ rest.

      • fin

        Yes, because clearly MLB is incharge of changing winds and atmospheric conditions. Incompetence at its finest.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      No. Girardi is one stubborn son of a bitch. What would I do if I was managing? I’d have CC go Sunday because they can bring him back on short rest for a possible game 5 on Thursday.

      • Thenamestsam

        There’s also a huge extra benefit of pitching CC on Sunday which is that having him pitch in game 5means both Nova and Garcia could only pitch once, freeing them up to use Garcia instead of Nova tomorrow. I haven’t seen anyone mention it but it’s a pretty big waste to use Nova in a game in which best case scenario is starter going five innings. That’s really the perfect situation for Garcia but you’d have to prefer Garcia in a hypothetical game 5. CC being ready for that game would eliminate that consideration and let the Yankees use someone more appropriate tomorrow.

    • Greg

      The problem with that is that we virtually wave the white flag on Monday whe we face Verlander again.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Amazingly enough-with TBS’s efforts to get the highest ratings with these crappy start times, they will now have to broadcast 2 games on Sunday within an hour and a half of each other at 3pm ET and 4:30pm ET. Funny how that works…

    • Tyrion Lannister

      And against the NFL which is what they were trying to avoid. Idiots.

      • Mike

        One upside is that Detroit lineup is set to face a LH and they will get Nova tomorrow. They will prob sub in Boesch immediately and play a man down.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Boesch is injured. I know that because he was on my fantasy team, and I didn’t realize he was on the DL for weeks.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            Ha. I ignored my fantasy team the entire summer and I looked at it the other day and I was in the Championship game.

        • nsalem

          Boesch is on the DL

        • Brian S.

          The only move I think they will make is sub Betemit for Inge, improving their offense and hurting their defense at one position. That’s about it.

  • DannyC

    I think this is great. No verlander in the first two games. Come on you nervous nellies

  • bobtaco

    Nova looks thrilled. So much confidence.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    If the Yanks lose game 1 they have to have to have to give the ball to CC in game 2. Now if we win game 1 I think we’re sitting pretty as game 2 is in our stadium vs Scherzer. But if we lose 1 then 2 is a tossup if CC doesn’t go and then game 3 you have to face Verlander.

    • Greg

      Now that’s a good idea. Have it predicated on the result game 1

  • Grit for Brains

    Oh hey heres a crazy idea…Don’t start at 8:40!

    • ItsATarp

      No body in the MLB office knows how to read a goddam radar

      • CUYanks

        Well in theory if the Yankees could have read the radar maybe they start a reliever or something.

        • Jorge

          Didn’t that completely backfire on the Yanks a couple of years ago?

          • Rick in Boston

            It was against KC. I think Aceves started, then Kennedy came in in relief when Girardi realized that KC’s grounds crew wasn’t going to roll out the tarp. I do remember that the field was an absolute mess and the only reason they even played it was so KC could get the revenue.

      • Rainbow Connection

        So at 7pm, they should have read the radar and decided to immediately start the game? Screw TBS, screw the people who bought seats, screw the starting pitchers getting ready?

  • ItsATarp

    ALso you know what else sucks? Despite the score, CC looked locked in…Verlander was shitting bricks and barely was able to throw strikes.

    • Evan3457

      Not one ball was hit hard whilst he was shitting bricks.

    • Jorge

      It was two innings for one guy, an inning and a half for the other. Means absolutely nothing.

  • Matt

    This is a disgraceful job by MLB. The radar showed even before first pitch that there was no window to get this game in, yet they started it anyway because they wanted the ratings and the money from concessions. It’s amazing that nobody is calling them on this blatant disregard for the fans, and they killed both teams by forcing them to burn their aces.

    I think that this benefits the Yankees more than Detroit in terms of this series, but it makes it a lot tougher series and hurts whoever advances. The Yankees have homefield advantage in these next two games, so having the lesser pitchers go means that it is more likely that the Yankees can overcome that with their offensive firepower in this ballpark and the shutdown pen late.

    However, Verlander didn’t look very sharp tonight, and could be much better in Game 3. Also, the Yankees have the deeper bullpen, but they lose some of that advantage because of the lack of off days. This is absolutely brutal for the catchers, who have to go a day game after a night game on Sunday, or possibly a doubleheader if tomorrow is rained out as well.

    MLB could have easily avoided this by not starting the game in the first place, by essentially pushing the series back one day and building in an extra off day so it’s like the NLDS. Now, whichever team advances is going to be exhausted, unless there are a bunch of blowouts, which doesn’t seem likely given these pitching matchups and the relative strengths of these teams.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S

      TL;DR

    • fin

      Bullshit, everyone turned the channel as soon it was postponed…Get a grip, everything is not a conspiracy. The weather went one way and the forecasters went another, and certainly not for the first time. You know you really dont have to blame people for everything, sometimes shit happens outside all influence of human beings.

      • Matt

        You have no clue. Anyone who pulled up the radar at first pitch and put it in motion could have seen that there was going to be rain for the entire night, with no breaks to play the game.

        A Yankee player is quoted as having said that they tracked it on an iPad in the clubhouse and had no idea why they even played it.

        It is always about the money and the ratings, you are so naive. If it weren’t, they could have canceled the game in advance when it was clear that it wouldn’t have been played, and saved the fans the time and money, and the teams the headache.

        By ratings, I clearly meant the 8:37 PM time slot. It hadn’t been raining ALL DAY in New York, and guess what? It’s not supposed to rain ALL AFTERNOON today, and start raining again RIGHT AROUND GAME TIME. MLB is insane!

  • CUYanks

    Look on the bright side, we could easily be having a discussion about how we lost game 1. This is a lot better.

  • Andy

    People need to relax. This hurts Detroit more than the Yankees.

  • Wow

    A doubleheader is literally the worst idea I have ever heard of.

    • Andy

      Why?

    • nsalem

      I doubt that would happen.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        It won’t happen. It’s a lock it won’t happen.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S

    “I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles.”

  • Tyrion Lannister

    What time will the rain be in NY tomorrow? Is there a time they can pinpoint to get the game in? I don’t understand why they scheduled yet another 8:37 PM start tomorrow. Let’s just wait as late as possible to start the game so we have no way to push the game back if it rains again. Just completely inept and it starts at the top.

    • Greg

      I like your idea on predicating the game 2 starter on what happens in game 1

      • Tyrion Lannister

        I think Scherzer in NY is a train wreck waiting to happen. If we can get Game 1 I feel confident against him in Game 2. If we lose game 1 we’re looking at best 1-1 with Verlander in Game 3, Burnett in Game 4 and Fister again in 5. In that case it’s probably best to go CC in 2 and 5 to give us our best shot.

        • Sarah

          Why are we losing Game 1?

  • dkidd

    imho, this thread is a little overwrought

    does nova look worried? this team has swagger, they will win rain or shine

    maybe aj’s forced start will commence a crazy “you can’t predict baseball” run of success

  • Buck Foston

    I’ve been reduced to watching Utah St. @ BYU.

    Fuck you rain.

    • Greg

      good game though

      • Buck Foston

        true. great finish.

  • Tipsie

    At the present time, I have more confidence in AJ going 5 innings and allowing 3 runs than Colon. The issue will be (and has been) that Girardi has to yank him out at the first sign of any trouble beyond the fourth inning or so. It’s not a regular season start. Remember, Girardi’s failure to lift AJ in the sixth inning of ALCS Game 4 (Benji Molina HR) may have cost NYY a trip to the Series last year. LET HIM KNOW BEFOREHAND HIS LEASH IS SHORT, and don’t allow any of his histrionics if pulled early (Target Field, August 20).

  • BigLoving

    Dear lord if AJ starts any game this series i want Girardi or Cashmans head or both. You owe it to the fucking team to give them the best shot to win for fucks sake already.

    • Urban

      …and that would be?

    • Evan3457

      So, it should be…Colon, who was worse in September than AJ?
      So, it should be…Hughes, who hasn’t started in what, almost 3 weeks, isn’t stretched out anymore, and whose seasonal numbers are worse than AJ’s?
      So, it should be…Noesi, who’d be on a max pitch count of 65?

  • bong hitter

    GUYS trust our offense!!!!!!!!! we will crush them! I TRUST THIS OFFENSE FUCK YEAH !!!!

  • Pants Lendel-‘Stros.

    If CC pitches sunday against the tigers then it favors the Yankees the rest of this series especially if it goes to a game 5.

    Nova only needs to 15 outs to get the ball to Robertson and Mariano… I think some people are missing that one slight advantage.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      And 12 to get to Soriano.

    • tom

      I was actually thinking the same. Not only is Leland stuck with an all-righty line-up against Nova, Nova starts with two innings already in the bank. (Imagine if that home run hadn’t cleared the fence, and Nova was starting with a lead?)

      • nsalem

        Yes the Yankees would be winning 1-0.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I think the Yankees were gonna get to Verlander too.

    sucks.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      They’ll get to him Monday (hopefully).

      • Sarah

        Keep the faith. Sucks that we won’t get him at the Stadium, but our guys can slug with the best of them in huge parks.

        • Pat D

          I think they have kind of a shitty track record in Comerica, actually.

          • Pat D

            Yea, 22-27 all time in Comerica including the 2006 ALDS.

  • Urban

    Someone up above mentioned the teams can now make adjustments. Is that correct or just a rumor? The Yankees may want to think about it.

    Here’s the roster:

    Planned Starters (3): CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia;

    Planned Relievers: Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Cory Wade, Boone Logan, Luis Ayala, AJ Burnett and Phil Hughes.

    The Tigers constructed their roster to use four starters. No change. The Yankees constructed their roster for three starters. Potentially big change.

    AJ was there if one of the starters imploded. He could eat innings. He’s now there to start a game. That means the team’s weakest starter is in the rotation, the team loses him as the long man, while an off-day has been removed. That’s a potential triple hit.

    Hughes has a back issue. It’s unknown how many innings he can give. He may have been on the roster as a one-inning reliever.

    If the above is true, the Yankees no longer have a long man.

    I’m not sure who they would remove and who they’d add (maybe Noesi), but I would like to know if changes are possible.

  • your mom

    Didn’t bother reading the other posts but FUCK Mother Nature! Stupid bitch. Fucked with this team ALL year long. What a fucking whore!!!

    • ED

      Well said, mom.

    • Rich

      I’m always impressed when “mom” says fuck, bitch, fucking, fucked, fucking, and whore all in the same paragraph. It’s so enlightening.

      • your mom

        Why, thank you!

        Don’t forget to eat your vegetables.

    • Evan3457

      I didn’t know you were a Yankee fan, Sharon.

  • DF

    Weird question but for the people that went tonight, could they re-sell their tickets on stubhub or scalp if they couldnt/didnt want to go? I had tickets to Saturday but now that its Sunday, it makes it tough. I really wanted to go tomorrow. Any thoughts guys?

    • Andy

      I’m sure they can resale. There are already tickets for tomorrow’s game on stubhub. I was going to buy off stubhub for tomorrow’s game, so hopefully there will still be a bunch of options. I wold just sell your Sunday tickets and pick up tickets for tomorrow.

  • mustang

    How about Nova’s year? Fighting for a spot out of spring training only to be sent down to AAA later after getting it. Coming back I being the second best starting pitcher on the Yankees. Now the home grown, no hype, not highly thought off, sometime over looked, non-super prospect gets the ball in game 1 of ALDS for the New York Yankees.

    How come I feel like everything is going to be just fine.

    • mustang

      Coming back and being..

    • fin

      HELL YA! Nova is the little engine that could. Most little engines dont throw as hard as Nova though. His low baip may have something to do with how hard he throws with downward movement, same as wang. However, if it doesnt fit into the grid…He can only be a number 4 or 5.

  • CMP

    I blame this on George for not springing for the retractable roof.

    Also if Girardi is dumb enough to give Burnett a start and it costs them the series he deserves the same fate as Francona.

    • gc

      If you’re dumb enough to believe that Burnett will be the sole reason the Yankees lose three games before Detroit does in this series, there’s no hope for you.

      • fin

        Well said, as if there is a clearly a superior option. A Colon who is clearly out of gas or Hughes who has been hurt all year. If I were Giradi I would go AJ too, as a fan, I would go with anyone but AJ.

  • Jorge

    Not MLB’s finest moment tonight. Not being able to predict the weather is something that should be expected from an everyday layperson, not from the people who make the decisions as to when to start, or not start, a baseball game. Two of baseball’s best pitchers were wasted tonight, and a series negatively affected. MLB should be ashamed of itself.

    I’d agree that I like the depth of Detroit’s staff slightly better but, other than Fister (who the Yanks took care of already once), there are no world-beaters on that side either.

    Still have to go out there and win the games, no matter how the chips may fall. Go Yanks.

    • mustang

      “Still have to go out there and win the games, no matter how the chips may fall. Go Yanks.”

      worth repeating

  • Jorge

    And, of course, the level of AJ-bashing going on right now is beyond ridiculous. I wouldn’t go into an AJ start feeling all that great, but I won’t call for Joe Girardi’s head because of it.

    • mustang

      “AJ-bashing going on right now is beyond ridiculous”

      Sometimes these things have a fun way of coming back and kicking people in the ass. Not saying that he is going to, but AJ is fully capable of going out and pitching lights out.

      • Jorge

        No matter how often it may seem that way, having him out there does not mean one predetermined outcome.

      • CMP

        The guy had 2 good starts over the last 3 months of the season. Realistically I’d except something along the lines of 5 runs over 4-5 innings from Burnett.

        Those “lights out” starts from him are mostly a myth at this point.

        • gc

          People need to fucking RELAX about Burnett. If he does pitch in this series, it would be on the shortest of leashes, and if he somehow winds up in the most crucial spot in a deciding game where the whole series lies in the balance (which I seriously doubt), then a whole lot of other Yankees would have had to have fucked up royally to let it get that bad, and they would have been far more to blame before him.

          • CMP

            In case you’re unaware, this is a best of 5 series. AJ could easily blow one game singlehandedly and/or exhaust the bullpen for a potential game 5 now with no rest days. That’s something the Yankees may not be able to overcome depending on the circumstances at that time.

            I’d be more confident with a Colon start backed up by Hughes should he be ineffective.

            • Evan3457

              There’s still a day off between game 4 on Tuesday and game 5 on Thursday. This makes it possible that CC will pitch game 2 and game 5. Not likely, but possible.

        • fin

          name the other option for the 4th starter who had 3 good starts of the last 3 months?

  • CBean

    This sucks so much. I had an awesome seat tonight at the game from work that they gave me because I’ve been working my ass off lately and I can’t use it tomorrow as I’ll be in MA teaching my new niece not to be a loser red sox fan. Also, I was feeling very good about tonight’s game. It seemed like we were getting to Verlander.

    • Jorge

      I wouldn’t worry about “getting to Verlander.” The guy’s a great pitcher, and how he pitched his first inning could easily not have been how he pitched the rest of the game. To be honest, the fact that the Yanks didn’t take greater advantage of a shaky first inning could have been a bad omen as well. You have to take full advantage of your opportunities with a pitcher of that caliber.

  • https://twitter.com/mactackaberry Tackaberry

    I had 2 tickets tonight, but can’t go tomorrow. This really sucks. If anybody is interested in going, let me know, my twitter is in my website..

    • Rainbow Connection

      Wouldn’t they be used on Monday?

      • Urban

        No. Game one continues tomorrow in the bottom of the second. People with tickets to game one still have tickets to game one, so they have to return tomorrow. People will game two tickets and whom were planning to go to Saturday’s game now have tickets to Sunday’s game.

  • Pat D

    So I’m helping to move my sister down to Philly tomorrow and I know the forecast here is for rain all day.

    So……what are the chances they actually play tomorrow?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Not very good chances. Just gotta hope the weather reports will just end up being flat out wrong.

  • candyforstalin

    if you’re going with burnett, at least do it at home. Only one start with less than 5ip, only one start with more than 4er.

  • The Constant Gardner

    Correct me if I’m wrong here but doesn’t every ump crew have a weathe radar located in their dressing room? So they didn’t know rain was coming? The grounds crew tracks weather as well so wtf??

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Apparently they thought the heavy rain would be later in the night.

  • forensic

    Just have to say, it’s very entertaining to read through this whole thread for the unnecessary freaking out…

  • bonestock94

    I’m mad at the mlb because it rained!

  • Kevin

    Doug Fister is a good pitcher..no doubt. But we have faced him before this year to the tune of 7 hits and three runs.
    No disrespect to him..but he has yet to face a team above .500 since his trade to the Tigers.

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    I do not know what it is that one would worry about a catcher working two days in a row. I remember Yogi in the 50s catching both ends of a double header on July 4th. And then you only had one or maybe one and a half hours between games.

    • nsalem

      more like 30 or 40 minutes between games back in those days.

  • Aaron Boone

    Scherzer’s splits are much better at home so another small advantage to us is that he’ll now pitch at the Stadium.

  • jbkx

    MLB = Idiots

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Good Morning. What is the weather doing in NY?

  • Zooboy

    I wish George where still alive to fire the weatherman.

  • fin

    I saw 2 things in these threads, both of wich Torre answered…1. They will under no circumstances play a double header. 2. Both teams have leave to change thier roster. And there is no plan for if it rains for todays game. If it happens they will figure it out.

  • fin

    I would have just moved the first 2 games to Detroit and came back to NY for the last 3. Home field isnt that big in baseball, and the first game in Detroit inst even a full game.

  • fin

    TB could have elimated Texas by the time the Yankees and Detroit play thier first game, looking at the weather patterns. Just move the shit to Detroit for a couple days, its better than sitting in rain in NY doing nothing.

  • Evan3457

    Tonight’s game will be played through, almost no matter what, I would think. If the forecast is right at all, it’ll be showers off an on all night. They play through that in the post-season.