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Tigers-Yankees Game 1: Suspended. To be resumed tomorrow

Sep 30, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

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Ain’t this a daisy: Joe Torre just announced that Game 1 has been suspended. You can’t predict baseball. But you can predict weather. Makes you wonder why they didn’t do that here.

Because of the new postseason rules that were put into place after the soggy 2008 postseason, all playoff games are played to their completion, not started from scratch, even if it hadn’t reached the fifth inning. That means — per Torre — that Game 1 of the Tigers-Yankees will be resumed at the time Game 2 was to be played tomorrow, 8:37PM.  It will be picked up where this one left off, with the teams tied at 1 in the middle of the second inning. Game 2 will now be played on Sunday at 3:07 PM, which would have been an offday, Game 3 goes as planned on Monday from Detroit.

The result: a giant mess, with the two aces, CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander being unavailable until at least Game 3, it would seem.  It certainly throws a wrench into both managers’ plans. The presumption: Doug Fister and Ivan Nova will likely pick it up beginning in the bottom of the second, tomorrow. Or does Justin Verlander try to talk his way into pitching again? We’ll let you know as soon as we hear. UPDATE:  The Tigers have announced that they’re going with Doug Fister tomorrow, Max Scherzer on Sunday and Justin Verlander coming back on Monday. This is HUGE because it means that Justin Verlander will now only pitch one game in this series (not counting his one inning tonight).

Oh well. This could have been avoided, it seems, if the people in charge had simply looked at the radar, which was apparently grim from the get-go.  But I suppose they had more important stuff to do.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Stupid TV. Watch it be clear and dry all day until 8 pm tomorrow night and we won’t see a single pitch because TV wants every Yankee pitch in prime time. I’m shocked they didn’t push up the Phillies on Sunday and put the Yankees in their spot at 8 pm.

    F TV.

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM

      Of course. These TV network whores don’t care. It’s ridiculous to start a baseball game at 8:37 in the night to begin with. They want the damn ratings. They should have started this game at 7:00PM regardless of what happened with the weather tonight. They don’t give a shit about the young fans out there. I have been saying this for years and years.

      • derekjetersmansion - Oct 1, 2011 at 1:17 AM

        Honestly, the only people who stop watching are old and young people. The ratings go up for the 18-49 year olds.

  2. schlom - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    Doesn’t Verlander have to pitch either Saturday or Sunday? If they wait until Game 3 on Monday he can only pitch once this series. He’ll have to pitch on short rest at least once this series if he wants to get more than one start – either by pitching tomorrow or going Sunday and Thursday if it happens.

    I’m also wondering what the Yankees do now as they only have 3 starters. Either Phil Hughes or Freddy Garcia will have to make a start now. How in the world can you spend $207m on payroll and have those be your 4th starter choices?

    • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:50 PM

      Wait, I thought the Yankees persevered all year and this is just another obstacle that they will have to overcome? Least that’s what the announcers made it sound like. Poor, poor Yankees. How could God do this to them when they only have 2 solid starters? I guess God hates the Yankees.

    • nixonotis - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:53 PM

      You’re clueless. Garcia was already pitching in this series as he was part of the 3 man rotation. Hughes will not get a start, this means AJ Burnett will have to pitch one of the 4 consecutive games. Also, who is saying “poor Yankees?” IMO, this is much worse for the Tigers as Verlander will only get one start while it seems likely (from the press conferences) that CC will pitch game two on Sunday and be available to come back for game 5

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:07 PM

        You must not have been listening to Eckersley when he said this hurts the Yankees a lot.

      • nixonotis - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:09 PM

        Why the hell would I listen to Dennis Eckersley?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:10 PM

        And he also mentioned how often they dealt with the rain and how horrible it is for them to continue to have to deal with it now in the postseason. Maybe if you watched the postgame show you would see what the fuck I was talking about instead of calling me clueless.

      • nixonotis - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

        I didn’t call you clueless, I was talking to the dude who thought Garcia wasn’t in the rotation. I only said to you that I think it hurts the Tigers more than the Yankees after you said everyone was going on about the “poor Yankees” and how unfair things were.

      • schlom - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM

        Sorry, I naturally assumed that no one would pick Freddy Garcia to be in their playoff rotation.

  3. firedude7160 - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Just watched some of Joe Girardi’s press conference and one of his answers was great
    Reporter: “Is it frustrating that the game had to be postponed with how CC looked out there? He looked to be pitching pretty well.”
    Joe (with a smirk on his face): “Well, there’s not much we can do. We can’t go put a roof on the place now…”

    I couldn’t help but chuckle at that

  4. massivedick - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    A$$ hole Yankee weather forecasters. Moron NY’rs. Never should have started this game with a monsoon on the way. Amateur weather geeks could’a seen this coming. Never the less .. Tigers will own the pretty boy Spankees.

    • nixonotis - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:54 PM

      You think the Yankees had any say as to whether to start or postpone this game? Did you not see Joe Torre there? This was an MLB decision from start to finish.

      • tgr4evr - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:02 PM

        Come on nixonotis (wtf does that mean), Torre is a freak’n Yankee. Part of the evil empire conspiracy .. (8 … they always have influence. The brilliance of the late great BOXX.
        Wasting Verlander is much worse for the Tigers than lard a$$ CC for the Yankees. So advantage NY for this fukup.

      • nixonotis - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:04 PM

        Otis Nixon was a Major League baseball player for many years, and I can’t understand a word you just said otherwise. Cheers!

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:05 PM

        “Come on nixonotis (wtf does that mean)”

        You ever heard of Otis Nixon, former baseball player for the Atlanta Braves?

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:09 PM


        I have your back on that one. My issue is that lead disciplinarian/Joe Torre is commenting on this weather issue. What is his job title? Thought he was brought in to baseball as a conduit between umpires and players, and to discipline players. Why isn’t Darth Selig speaking about this, being that he disbanded AL and NL commissioners?

      • nixonotis - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:12 PM

        I will agree with you in that I have no idea what Torre’s job entails. It seems to be anything and everything, maybe because the general public likes him infinitely more than Bud Selig? Who knows.

      • tgr4evr - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM

        Atlanta? Braves? they play baseball in that hell hole?

      • cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:19 PM

        Joe Torre’s Job Description; Bud Selig’s Biaaatch.

      • ditto65 - Oct 1, 2011 at 6:58 AM

        Bud Selig was likely in Milwaukee with his team.

      • indaburg - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:47 AM

        LOL @ cur68. Exactly right.

      • ditto65 - Oct 1, 2011 at 8:02 AM

        “On February 26, 2011 Commissioner Bud Selig appointed Joe Torre as the new Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball.”

        I am guessing that rain delays and game reschedules fall under the category of “Baseball Operations.”

      • ditto65 - Oct 1, 2011 at 8:05 AM

        tgr4evr – does that mean you are a Tigger fan? Friend of Pooh Bear?

        I mean, really, nixonotis is WAY easier to figure out than your moniker.

  5. craggt - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Tigers just got totally screwed. Not only can Verlander only pitch once but now since the game is suspended not postponed Leyland can’t change his lineup, which has 8 right handed hitters in it.

    • tgr4evr - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:07 PM

      Despite being total a$$ holes, New York’rs are pretty good when it comes to bending over and sliding it in. Sacrificing fat a$$ CC to eliminate V from the equation.

      • nixonotis - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:14 PM

        Wait. How do you bend over AND slide it in? Isn’t it one or the other? The pitcher and the catcher, so to speak? If you’re going to be crass, at least do it right.

      • cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

        tgr4evr; perhaps you mistake us for people like yourself. You know, ridiculously rude, confrontational and just a general asshole. News flash; we’re not. Now, do go away, there’s a good little troll.

      • tgr4evr - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:33 PM

        sorry nixie … not as familiar with he event as you

      • tgr4evr - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:33 PM

        sorry nixie … not as familiar with the event as you

      • nixonotis - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:45 PM

        ZING! Witty little bugger you are.

  6. Brian Murphy - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Looking at the forecasts, because they are so dependable, it looks like we’ll be dealing with rain in The Bronx through all of Saturday.

    To quote Al Bundy, it sucks, it bites, it blows.

  7. Rob Hoffmann - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    Additional proof that baseball thrives despite its leadership, not because of it.

    This may benefit the Rays most of all — if they can continue to stomp a mudhole in the Rangers, they may have plenty of rest to get their starters ready for the winner of Tigers-Yankees… :)

  8. yankeesgameday - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Remember earlier this year when LaRussa knew a big storm was coming so he scratched his scheduled starter, I think Carpenter, at the last minute and started the game with a delivery out if the pen. They played like 2 Innings and then went into a 2.5 hour rain delay, after which the opposing starter didn’t come back and LaRussa played the rest of the game with his ace.

    • yankeesgameday - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

      Delivery? No: reliever.

      Damn auto correct smartphone. Damn lack of edit function.

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      Yeah, and they call LaRussa a “clown” and “overmanaging”. LaRussa knows more than they give him credit for, by far. He has always had my respect. And this is from a Phillies fan. But, make no mistake about it, even LaRussa will be outmatched with what he has to face with the Phillies.

  9. mattlion - Sep 30, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    There’s no way to tell who this hurts or helps.

    It hurts the Tigers because:
    – At the time of the game resuming, they will have a nearly all-righthanded lineup vs. Nova. Nova isn’t one of those guys that’s really nasty on righties, but I’m sure Leyland would prefer to have Boesch and Betemit against him.
    – Verlander is likely going to pitch 1 game, at home, instead of 2 pressure games on the road. Although, he may not have lasted that long tonight given his first inning control issues.
    – Valverde has already pitched a career high in games and innings, no telling if he’s ready to close 2-3 games in a row if needed.

    It hurts the Yankees because:
    -They now have a rookie lined up to pitch game 1 of a playoff series, and possibly game 5, depending on….
    -….Sabathia wants to pitch game 2. Girardi would prefer to pitch him in game 3. However, if he does pitch in game 2, he’d probably be available on short rest for game 5 at home, with Nova ready to back him up.
    – The most obvious problem: AJ Burnett or Phil Hughes has to start game 4 if needed. At least they are fly ball pitchers in a pitchers’ park, but neither one instills any sort of confidence. Burnett is the more likely option.
    – The Yankees’ three-headed bullpen monster is much more effective when they don’t have to pitch 2-3 days in a row, which might happen now.

    • indaburg - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:51 AM

      Very nicely summarized.

  10. cdullnig - Oct 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    I’m not so sure it’s the Tigers that got hurt the most.
    J. Verlander – 2 BB, 1 K, 25 pitches, 1 run on errors by fielding
    CC Sabathia – 0 BB, 4 K, 27 pitches (2inn), 1 run on a short field homer

    Looks like CC was outpitching him. A very small sample, statistically, but none the less.

    And with the pitch count, Verlander may not have been much in past 5.

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