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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nor'easter Threatens ALCS Schedule

Via David Pinto, a nor'easter is threatening to wreak havoc on the ALCS. Heavy rains starting Friday and lasting through the weekend are liable to cause Game 1 to be postponed.
Game 1 would be played on Saturday and Game 2 on Sunday, which is currently scheduled as an off-day. However, because the Angels vs. Yankees is a FOX series, the Commissioners Office will probably move the ALCS game to Sunday night so as not to coincide with the network’s 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. NFL telecasts.


Right now, ALCS Game 3 in Anaheim is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern time on Monday. But if the teams play Sunday night, it would be doubtful that they also would be asked to fly cross-country and play Monday afternoon. So that game could be re-scheduled to Monday night, but the more likely probability is that Monday would become an off-day.

In that scenario, Games 3, 4 and 5 would be played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. At present, there is an off-day on Wednesday. That off-day – without any postponements – was going to enable the Yankees to start Sabathia in Game 1, on short rest in Game 4 and – if it were necessary – on normal rest for Game 7.

However, under this schedule, if the Yankees went with a three-man rotation then not only would Sabathia have to pitch on short rest in both Games 4 and 7, but A.J. Burnett would have to pitch Game 5 on short rest, as well. And it is doubtful that the Yankees would want to have three games pitched on short rest or have Burnett go short at all.

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Meanwhile, the teams have been sitting around for four days already. Has there always been this big of a gap between series?
3 of 4 series ended in sweeps. I imagine it's possible.
Yeah and not one series went five games. Still, I can't help but wonder why MLB doesn't reschedule things more aggressively in situations like this. I assume that's due to its agreement with Fox, where Fox is set on showing the games on certain days/nights over other days/nights due its fall programming and NFL, etc.

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