Fierce storms force Yankees-Guardians split doubleheader in Cleveland

The matchup between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians was slated to take place at Progressive Field.
Amanda Paula
Friday April 12, 2024

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Inclement weather intervened, resulting in the postponement of the highly anticipated matchup between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Guardians. With rain persisting and forecasts predicting strong winds, the decision was made to delay the game, leaving fans disappointed but understanding of the circumstances. However, a solution was quickly devised: a split doubleheader would be played the following day to ensure the series continued as planned.

What happened?

The matchup between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians was slated to take place at Progressive Field.
The Canadian Press

Persistent rain and an impending forecast of inclement weather, including strong winds, forced the postponement of the Guardians’ three-game series opener against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field Stadium in Cleveland on Friday. The teams have rescheduled to play a split doubleheader on Saturday, commencing with the first game at 12:10 p.m., followed by the second game at 6:10 p.m.

According to an official statement released by the Cleveland Guardians across various social media platforms confirming the rescheduled dates, fans are informed that the same tickets originally issued for April 12 can be utilized for entry on the following Saturday.

What sets the Yankees versus Guardians matchup apart?

Following successful division title victories in 2022, both teams experienced playoff disappointments last season, notably with the Yankees prevailing over the Guardians in a gripping ALDS series. This marks the third postseason clash between them since 2017, with the Yankees consistently emerging triumphant, intensifying their rivalry.

This season, the Yankees have excelled in tight contests, boasting an undefeated record of 5-0 in one-run games, the highest in MLB. Cleveland presents a formidable challenge, ranking among the league’s top five in both runs scored (5.75) and runs allowed (2.83) per game.

Doubleheader anticipation: Yankees and Guardians prepare for a clash

The Yankees had yet to reveal their starting pitcher for the opening game, but with Luis Gil set to take the mound in the second game, they aimed to build on their strong season start. Leading the MLB with a stellar 10-3 record, including an impressive 6-1 record on the road, the Yankees were determined to uphold their momentum and widen their lead in the standings. The MLB confirmed Clarke Schmidt (0-0, 4.66 ERA) as the starting pitcher for the Yankees in Game 1 of the series. Adding to the intrigue, Cody Poteet’s return to MLB action following Tommy John surgery was confirmed as he geared up to pitch in Game 2.

Cody Poteet is slated to take the field for the Yankees on Saturday.
AP

As reported by Yahoo, in anticipation of the doubleheader, both teams have made alterations to their pitching rotations. For the Guardians, Carlos Carrasco, a beloved figure making his first start in Cleveland since 2020, was scheduled to take the mound in the opening game. His return held immense significance for both Carrasco and Guardians fans, given his departure in the Francisco Lindor trade to the New York Mets, only to rejoin the team as a free agent during the offseason. Triston McKenzie was poised to follow Carrasco in the second game, tasked with sustaining the Guardians’ early-season momentum.

Meanwhile, the Yankees, under the guidance of Aaron Boone, had enjoyed a successful start to the season with a 10-3 record. Their hot start, their best in 20 years, had generated excitement among fans and signaled a promising future for the team.

The excitement surrounding the upcoming doubleheader was palpable, with both teams eager to showcase their talent and compete for victory. As the only visit to Cleveland for the Yankees this season, the games held added significance, making it essential for the series to be completed without further delay.

With both teams poised for success and eager to continue their early-season momentum, Saturday’s doubleheader promised to deliver thrilling baseball action and keep fans on the edge of their seats. As the rain cleared and the winds subsided, anticipation mounted for the resumption of play and the continuation of what was sure to be an exciting series between two competitive teams.

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