Even before Tuesday night’s postponement, the Yankees schedule was doomed. Now it’s worse.
The 2020 MLB season couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the New York Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton came out tearing the cover off the ball and soon after Aaron Judge became the hottest hitter in all of baseball.
Then came injuries to those two, in addition to DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Zack Britton and James Paxton, and now we’re here. Their weekend Subway Series postponed due to two people in the New York Mets organization testing positive for COVID-19, which is the second such schedule delay the Yankees were hit with that wasn’t their fault.
Now, after four days off, the Yanks were ready to take on the Braves in Atlanta for a short two-game set. But Tuesday night’s game was postponed due to rain, and New York will play a doubleheader on Wednesday. What’s the problem with that? Well…
That’s just the September schedule! 27 games in 27 days. Before we reach September though? Oh, that’ll be doubleheader on Wednesday, off on Thursday, doubleheader on Friday, game Saturday, doubleheader on Sunday, then a three-game set with the division-leading Rays. That’s 10 games in eight days. WOO!
Pure insanity. That means fans are probably going to get stuck with seeing more of JA Happ because guys like Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka won’t be gifted with any off days in between (the Yankees now have two off days between Aug. 26 and Sept. 27, but they’ll play four doubleheaders over that span, so that’s pretty much negative days off.
Look, nobody’s complaining here, it’s just ridiculous it’s gotten to this point, and it’s Major League Baseball’s fault. Teams like the Cubs already got screwed by what happened to the St. Louis Cardinals and their COVID-19 situation, leaving Chicago to play five games in three days against their division rivals when none of it was their fault.
But here we are. The commissioner didn’t plan for any situations like we’ve been experiencing (though they were pretty obvious ones), so teams will just have to cram in games and then roll right into the playoffs.
We couldn’t trust a multi-billion-dollar organization to responsibly plan ahead. A group of stoner high schoolers could’ve done a better job setting up the baseball schedule during a global pandemic.