Tigers-Twins series finale washed out
On one hand, the lost April on the Tigers schedule continues with their third weather postponement already this season. On the other hand, the overtaxed Tigers bullpen now has two days to recuperate. Either way, Sunday’s series finale between the Tigers and Twins didn’t take long to be called.
As the picture above from the Twins twitter account shows, the weather in Minneapolis is miserable. There’s a 70 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms all day and evening, as well as a wind advisory. With two more Tigers visits to the Twin Cities scheduled for August and September, the two teams have options on when to make this one up. No makeup date was immediately announced.
According to MLive.com, the rainout means everybody gets pushed back. Justin Verlander, who was scheduled to start today, will start Tuesday’s series opener against the White Sox. Max Scherzer will start Wednesday, while Rick Porcello gets pushed back to the Kansas City series.
Before you ask, the rainout does not change the Tigers’ rotation needs with Anibal Sanchez on the DL. They’ll still need a fifth starter no later than May 6, which means they’ll still need two starts out of a replacement before Sanchez can return from the DL on May 12.
What the rainout does is further stretch the gap in games played between the Tigers and the rest of the league. They’ll have back-to-back days without a game for the second time this month. Moreover, they’ll head to Chicago on Tuesday having played just 21 games through the first four weeks of the season. The White Sox, by contrast, are scheduled to play their 26th game of the year today, weather permitting. So will the Red Sox today at Toronto. The Indians will play their 25th game later this afternoon in San Francisco. The Diamondbacks, who opened their season early with the opening series in Australia, will play their 28th game of the year today against the Phillies.