Game Four of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees was postponed early in the afternoon yesterday by the MLB—well Mother Nature actually—but the MLB rescheduled after a downpour hit NYC much of last night.
The game was rescheduled for today at 8 PM and Game Five will now be tomorrow at 7 PM—which originally had been tabbed as a travel day.
The Yankees—who were planning a bullpen day for Game Four—have announced they will go back to Masahiro Tanaka on regular rest. He blanked the Astros over six innings in Game 1 on Saturday, throwing just 68 pitches during a 7-0 win.
The Astros-who hold a 2-1 series lead—will counter with Zack Greinke, also on regular rest. The 2009 Cy Young Award winner, who was acquired from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline, has struggled through two starts for the Astros this postseason, including the Game One loss to the Yankees in which he allowed two homers and three runs in six innings.
But the team this rainout affects the most may not be either of these teams as much as the Washington Nationals who have nothing to do but wait…and wait…and wait.
And that will serve to cool down a very hot Nationals team that just swept the Cardinals and have won their last six games. Don’t believe me? Ask the 2008 Colorado Rockies who swept through the Phillies and Diamondbacks in seven straight games and then—by the time the Red Sox and Yankees were done with their historical seven-game series—were so ice cold fell to the BoSox in four straight.