The grounds crew puts the tarp on Comerica Park as the scoreboard shows an ugly weather radar of impending rain. (AP Photo)
DETROIT -- I've seen plenty of rainouts in 20+ years of covering Triple-A and Major League Baseball. Usually, however, it's raining for a game to get banged.
That wasn't the case Wednesday night at Comerica Park, where MLB decided to call off Game Four between the Yankees and Tigers "in an effort to preserve the integrity of an uninterrupted, full nine-inning game."
Fair enough. Don't blow starting pitchers CC Sabathia and Max Scherzer in a one- or two-inning performance. Problem was they could have easily played five or six innings -- and maybe more -- because it was barely sprinkling at 10 p.m. But I get it. That said, if we had played six and got suspended, the Yankees could have had a huge advantage if things finished with a battle of the bullpens. Won't happen now.
More thoughts from the rainout:
The rotation: The Yankees take a hit here as GM Brian Cashman confirmed there's no way CC Sabathia would pitch on two days rest in Game Seven, if the series actually got that far. The Tigers, meanwhile, would have Justin Verlander on his regular day.
(Yes, this was a big postgame topic. I say there's ZERO chance of Game Seven and you can quote me 2004 -- I was there -- but this Yankees team is simply not hitting. The '04 Red Sox scored seven runs in the opener of that ALCS and eight in Game Three before finally getting their pitching together.)
The lineup: Do the Yankees change their mind and give A-Rod or Granderson a shot tomorrow afternoon? Doubt it. I think Joe Girardi stands pat with the same he was planning for tonight.
The series schedule: The Yankees played five straight tough games in five days -- three in the division series and two in the ALCS. They finally got an off day on Monday and didn't play again Wednesday. They would now need to win four games in four days to take the series, as there will be no off day prior to a potential Game Six in New York.
The forecast for Thursday: It's not good but we can sit and wait all night with a 4:07 scheduled first pitch. It does get better as the day and night moves along.