When it comes to post-season baseball, every roster decision is more meaningful. Managers have to strike a delicate balance with preserving pitchers, so you’d hope MLB wouldn’t take these decisions away from managers entirely by messing up something like a rain delay.
But that’s exactly what happened during Wednesday’s Match 2 AL Wild Card Matchup between the Yankees and the Indians.
The start time for the game was delayed due to the bad weather in the area (it wasn’t really raining yet), but after about an hour of delay the league gave the teams permission to start. The Indians started Carlos Carrasco, who threw a 1
Before this bloody mess of delay / carry on / wait a minute gets worse, here comes the tarpaulin in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/9gzfU9o7GQ
– Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) October 1, 2020
Yankees Game 2 in a rain delay for this reason 😳
(via @MarlyRiveraESPN) pic.twitter.com/frLtbpV1H1
– Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) October 1, 2020
The game had to be postponed for the second time within 90 minutes, making the decision to even start out of the question. Such an interruption could leave both teams without their planned starting pitchers. And there was no reason for experts to manage these scenarios and decisions.
After 20 minutes the tarpaulin finally came back from the field. Tanaka would stay in the game too. But the MLB fans were not at all happy with the decision-making process.
MLB literally delayed the start of a playoff game until the rain hit. The weather is tough, I understand, but that’s a big deal when it comes to starting pitchers. Seek advice from a local meeting.
– Jason Nicholas (@JasonNweather) October 1, 2020
Does MLB have a brain? “Let’s throw the game into a rain delay if it doesn’t rain but starts during a pour!” What?!!
– Pinstripe Park 💣 (@PinstripePark) October 1, 2020
During the delay, it will not rain for an hour. They start the game and it begins so they just play it through. MLB becomes MLB. Should have started on time. pic.twitter.com/qbmQBSBuc4
– Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) October 1, 2020
Major League Baseball didn’t like the way that Indians playoff game was going, so they pulled the tarp out. pic.twitter.com/hftSF2bo52
– McNeil (@ Reflog_18) October 1, 2020
“Indians have momentum. Let’s have a rain delay. “
– Dave @ BIGPLAY (@BIGPLAY_dave) October 1, 2020
MLB calls the weather-related recordings in the postseason. About an hour ago, a Cleveland-based meteorologist said she expected the rain to start around 7:50 a.m. The game started at 7:50 am after a 45 minute delay. https://t.co/6ZhnetK6Pg
– Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) October 1, 2020
Man MLB really knows how to make rain delays in Cleveland during the playoffs
– I480BRIDGE (@ I480BRIDGE) October 1, 2020
I couldn’t help but notice that you were having trouble figuring out when the rain was going to hit. I get it. They were busy introducing bad new rules (like a runner in 2nd place in Extras). Anyway, I have weather apps that I can use to find out when to hike. Happy to share.
Hugs and Kisses,.
– Jonah L. Rosenblum (@JLRSports) October 1, 2020
To recap, MLB checked the radar, saw rain at 8 p.m. ET, and delayed the start of the game from 7 p.m. ET to 7:50 p.m. ET
– Blake Ruane (@blakeruane) October 1, 2020
What a terrible job of @MLB with this rain delay. Delay the game when it barely rains and start it right when it starts to rain. Such incompetence
– Bryan (@BryanOreally) October 1, 2020
Better do it MLB. It’s the postseason.