The Houston Astros will have to wait at least another day to find out their MLS series opponent.
Game 5 of the AL Division Series scheduled for Monday night between the Cleveland Guardians and the New York Yankees in the Bronx has been postponed due to the weather.
Major League Baseball announced after 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday, adding that the Decisive 5 game will now be played Tuesday at 4:07 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.
Monday’s game was scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m., but MLB initially announced at around 6:20 p.m. that the start was delayed due to forecasts of rain. Then the league canceled it permanently after more than two hours.
Aaron Ceval was due to play the Guardians against Jameson Tellon on Monday, but New York announced after the match that All-Star Nestor Curtis would start a three-day break in Game Five.
Left Curtis started Game 2 and allowed two runs in five rounds (92 shots) but did not consider the decision, as Cleveland won in additional innings.
Cleveland coach Terry Francona had said earlier on Monday that Ceval would start Game 5 even if it was postponed on the day, but no official announcement has been made for Tuesday’s game.
Speaking after the MLB announcement, Yankees manager Brian Cashman said there were multiple video calls throughout Monday night between the teams and the commissioner’s office as they were considering whether to play against expectations, which initially looked like it would be up by 9 p.m. at the latest.
“We expected to play,” Cashman said. “It was meant to be, not a window, it was meant to be cleaned. Then a new system came in. We were actually grappling with first pitch time, and then a new system came in, with moderate rain, it hit us in another 25 minutes, and now we just couldn’t From start over again, and now we have a completely new weather system that was not at all in the forecast.
“The weather is tough. It’s very unpredictable, but the whole intent was anticipation every step of the way, were we playing the game tonight. Both teams wanted to play tonight. Then unfortunately, the weather brought us down and became more and more unpredictable.”
The stadium staff at Yankee Stadium covered the field with a tarp just before 6:40 p.m., and the steady rain began at 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland’s Miles Straw, who got into a furious confrontation with Yankees fans in April, traded soccer throws with fans on the first and second floors during the delay, as did reserve defensive midfielder Will Brennan.
The center video panel featured split screen coverage of New York City’s 3-0 win over Miami in the MLS playoffs, the New York Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks game and the Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers game.
Cleveland has been dealing with bad weather all season. The Guardians rained the youngsters at home nine times and they had two more delays on the road, one of them due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The downpour gives the Yankees a day to rest in their turbulent and beleaguered laurels. New York used Clay Holmes on 17 and Wandy Peralta for seven on Sunday, a night after Peralta bowled 27, Clark Schmidt 12, Jonathan Luiziga 15 and Lou Trevino bowled seven. Peralta had presented three days in a row.
The Yankees are missing Chad Green, Scott Evros, Zac Britton, Michael King and Ron Marinaccio due to injuries, and Aroldis Chapman has been excluded from the series list after failing to show up for mandatory practice on October 7.
Cleveland hasn’t used its best throwback since Friday, when all-stars closest Emmanuel Klass threw 33 after Trevor Stefan’s 21 and James Karenshak 29 throws. He used guard Sam Hentigs (31), Enel de los Santos (19) and Eli Morgan (12) on Saturday, Morgan (23), Cody Morris (22) and Zach Plessak (11) on Saturday.
The ALCS is set to begin Wednesday night in Houston, which has swept sailors in other ALDS. That series ended on Saturday.
Cashman played down any notion that the winner of the series was at a disadvantage against the Astros’ remaining 106 wins.
“I don’t want to speak for anyone, but I generally think that no one would feel anything other than joy if they had a chance to move forward to continue their season,” GM Yankees said. “I think everyone understands it’s a tough road to go through with this thing, and you’re never going to be at full strength or 100 percent or lining up the way you want to. But that’s the way it should be post-season, right? You still have to find a way to beat it.” “.
Information from ESPN’s Marly Rivera and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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