Rain and cool temperatures are in the forecast for Sunday’s American League Division Series between the Orioles and New York Yankees, and both managers said a postponement could scramble their plans for the series. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he might alter his rotation plans if the game is rained out.
“If we have a rainout [Sunday], then a lot of things change because we can resubmit a different roster provided we don't exchange lineup cards,” he said. “So if we have some rain issues tomorrow, then the roster would change more than likely.”
The 25-man rosters are due to Major League Baseball by 10 a.m. Sunday, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi also said the forecast could impact his selections.
“The weather could change things if all of a sudden, we have to play five games in five days,” Girardi said.
The teams are scheduled to play Sunday and Monday in Baltimore, have an off day Tuesday and then play Wednesday through Friday, if necessary, in New York. If Sunday's game is postponed they likely would play Monday through Friday.
As of Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service called for a 100-percent chance of rain and a high of 51 degrees in Baltimore during the day Sunday. The forecast called for the chance of rain to drop to 60 percent in the evening, with most of the showers clearing by 7 p.m., about an hour after the scheduled first pitch.
Major League Baseball generally waits longer to postpone games in the playoffs than in the regular season, hoping to avoid changes to the complicated travel and television schedules.