The outer bands of Hurricane Joaquin are showering down on the city of Baltimore tonight, postponing the ballgame and setting up a double-admission twin bill for tomorrow — where there’s a 50% chance of rain for that.
Mother Nature permitting, the first game will start at 12:05pm EST, and the second at 7:05pm EST. A long day of Yankee baseball, but with the club officially in the postseason tournament, a welcome one.
Friday Night Reading
Don’t miss the incredible yeoman work of Chad Jennings over at LoHud. He breaks down the lineups for the remaining games, play-in game roster possibilities and a ton more. Check it out here.
Pinstripe Alley has a must-read piece by Martin Stezano: Ranking the Yankees’ potential playoff opponents. Excellent breakdown, couldn’t have said it better!
DEPT. OF INSPIRATION : Bouncing off the walls? Freaked out that the Yanks are ‘one and done’ in the postseason? Chill and remember this: Get ready for Yankees’ Wild Card Game appearance with Bucky Dent’s iconic home run from Michael Clair of mlb.com.
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1986, Don Mattingly establishes a new club record, collecting his 232nd hit of the season to break the 1927 mark set by Earl Combs. ‘Donnie Baseball’ will finish the season with a league-leading 238 hits …
On today’s date in 1932, the Bronx Bombers completed a four game World Series sweep over the Chicago Cubs. Tony Lazzeri clubbed two home runs and center-fielder Earle Combs adds another in a 13-6 laugher. On a side note, Lazzeri wore uniform numbers 5, 6 and 7, among others in the late 1920s and early 1930s, but we know what happened after that …
Head-to-head vs Baltimore: Entering this season finale series, the Yankees hold a 1,268-861 advantage over the Birds in 2,143 games …
(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)