WASHINGTON — The Yankees packed their belongings and headed to the airport on Wednesday for a flight to Kansas City, Mo., having performed solely 5 and a half innings during the last three days. But their go to right here may not have been fully fruitless.
There had been from some ancillary advantages from the rain that brought on the suspension of Tuesday’s recreation within the sixth inning and washed out the resumption of that recreation and the beginning of one other on Wednesday.
It allowed the Yankees to reset their bullpen and gave shortstop Didi Gregorius — mired in a 1-for-41 funk — a number of days to clear his head. It gave the group an opportunity to return right here when the Washington Nationals, winners of 13 of their final 15 video games, may not be so sizzling.
And it additionally prevented the Yankees from going through, for now, one of the formidable pitchers in baseball: right-hander Max Scherzer, who was scheduled to pitch Wednesday evening.
“You always like facing the best,” Manager Aaron Boone deadpanned. “Especially when I don’t have to hit.”
Instead, the Yankees, whose 28-12 report stays the very best in baseball, will proceed their journey with a collection that begins Friday in opposition to the Royals, who’ve misplaced 5 in a row and whose 13-30 report is the second worst in baseball. Then the Yankees will transfer on to a few video games in opposition to the Texas Rangers, who’re in final place within the American League West.
The Yankees will then return house and have a break day on May 24.
That day of relaxation and the sunshine schedule this week should gird them for a rigorous month, after they play 33 video games in 34 days, with two off-days changed by a doubleheader in Detroit on June four, and the completion of two video games in opposition to the Nationals right here two weeks later, on June 18.
It is a portion of the worth the Yankees are paying for an unusually moist and wintry begin to the season. Their house opener was snowed out, and two video games in Detroit had been rained out, together with one and a 3rd video games right here. And the Yankees spent a lot of the season’s first a number of weeks taking part in in temperatures within the 40s.
The rainouts right here will pressure the Yankees to return to Washington whereas they’re in the course of a homestand. They will end a collection with the Tampa Bay Rays on June 17, journey to Washington to complete the suspended recreation and play the opposite, then return to New York to host the Seattle Mariners on June 19.
Earlier in June, they’ll play four games in three cities over three days: Baltimore, Detroit and Toronto.
“The expectation is that we’ll handle it well and get to know each other even better,” Boone stated.
There had been two Yankees who felt particularly good as they gathered to go away. One was Clint Frazier, who was referred to as up as a result of the Yankees wished an additional place participant for video games within the National League park, the place the necessity for a pinch-hitter could be extra acute.
Though Frazier didn’t play, he was elated to know that he was not going to be despatched again to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and would probably be within the lineup Saturday in opposition to the left-hander Danny Duffy and maybe once more on Sunday in opposition to one other lefty, Eric Skoglund.
“It’s a big weight off my shoulders knowing I get to sleep on that team flight right now,” stated Frazier, whose slim probability of constructing the group out of spring coaching was scuttled by a concussion. “I just want to get an opportunity. I didn’t want to go back down without at least getting one at-bat to try to at least push for a spot.”
Giancarlo Stanton left right here with a memento: his 1,000th career hit, which got here Tuesday evening on a pop fly that landed out of the attain of three Nationals in shallow proper discipline. The ball was retrieved for Stanton, who plans to supply it to his father.
That it was not a screaming liner didn’t matter.
“Did you see my first hit ever?” Stanton stated, referring to a gradual bouncer over the mound that he beat out in his first big-league at-bat in 2010. “I think it might have been hit harder than that one. I’m fine with it.”