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Egad, there have been a lot of rainouts

May 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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Praise be to Rob McKenna, La Nina or the deity of your choice, but there have been a lot of rainouts this year.  Three yesterday, which brings the total to 25, which is a pretty incredible number. As Maury notes, there were only eight through this point last season. 2007 was the record year for the past decade, and we’re pretty close to the pace we were on that year.

While there’s always some built-in room for rain in the baseball schedule, we’re going to get to the point pretty soon, if we’re not there already, where this is going to have some competitive impacts, with teams losing offdays, having to make crazy travel arrangements and otherwise getting their pitching staff worn out due to the makeups.

Which is just part of baseball, I suppose. And much preferable to games played indoors.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    One more thing that could be helped with balanced schedules.

    I have said before that creating an MLB schedule must be about as simple as herding cats, but for the life of me I can’t understand why matchups like COL v ARI in April would take place in Denver instead of Arizona. Seems like the south, the west coast and the domes should be hopping places early in the season.

    • sknut - May 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      While I agree with you, one thing to keep in mind is that the south/west coast teams don’t want to be front loaded with home dates. Especially when kids are still in school, its only fair that the teams with a chance of rain/snow get home games too. I also seem to remember more series where you played a game had an off day in the middle of the series and then resumed the series, a built in make up day of sorts more in past years than this year.

      It is also a by-product of nobody wanting baseball in November so starting the season earlier can produce these things.

  2. Lukehart80 - May 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    The Indians and Mariners will have a fun time making up the two games they lost to the weather this weekend. Seattle visits Cleveland once more and there is a mutual day off after that series, but that was the Tribe’s only day off in a 27-day stretch.

    • bigxrob - May 16, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      They can’t play on that off day unless the players approve. I believe the CBA says 20 straight games maximum, without approval.

      • Lukehart80 - May 16, 2011 at 12:09 PM

        Yep. So either they give up their one day off in four weeks, or they play two double-headers in three days during the dog days of summer.

        Brandon League will probably have gotten through an appearance without a loss by then too.

  3. jimbo1949 - May 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Seems to me there is a lot more than baseball being affected by the heavy rains this spring. Hope you’re not too inconvenienced.

  4. frankvzappa - May 16, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    this is some hilarious “act of god” propaganda, but my money is that all this is being caused by HAARP…if you dont know what HAARP is, you have proved my point…

    • Reflex - May 16, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      Adjust your tin foil.

  5. kellyb9 - May 16, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Don’t see what the big deal is, play em at the end of the regular season… I mean, it’s not like the league is intent on having the playoffs last until December.

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