Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. Sunday’s Cleveland Indians game has been postponed due to inclement weather.
It’s no joke and it has become no laughing matter as the finale between the Indians and the Chicago White Sox was postponed with the threat of rain in the forecast all day long. The brutal and unseasonable April weather hammering parts of the country has thrown a wrench in what should be the start of an exciting baseball season.
Sunday’s cancellation erases the first of 26 straight Sundays that there should have been Indians baseball to enjoy in person or on your broadcast method of choice. Instead, the game has been rescheduled for May 23 as part of a traditional doubleheader.
“It was the umpires,” manager Robin Ventura joked after the news broke. “See. they’re already out of here.
“It was going to be steady rain all day long,” he added. “It wasn’t really good reports.”
The Indians should have six games in the books. Instead, they sit at 2-2 with three cancelled contests and one rescheduled game between series in Cleveland and Chicago.
The Tribe does luck out some with the postponement, as they avoid facing a third straight lefty in Sox southpaw Jose Quintana. The number two man in the Chicago rotation owns a 5-1 record against the Indians in his career with a 2.58 ERA in 14 games.
The biggest losers of the day for the Indians may be Roberto Perez and Josh Tomlin, who were both set to finally make their season debuts. Jose Ramirez was also in the lineup to play third base for the first time this season as the Indians give a struggling Juan Uribe a breather.
Now, Uribe and his Tribe teammates will have until Tuesday to rest and relax as the club will take on the Tampa Bay Rays from Tropicana Field. Yes – a dome, meaning the Indians may actually get a full series of games in before returning home to the Spr-inter Wonderland that has become the northeast Ohio landscape to host the New York Mets next weekend. But, there might be some question of your Cleveland fandom if you haven’t considered the notion of a fluke hurricane, massive pipe burst, or some other crazy natural disaster striking down the St. Petersburg area to find a way to disrupt the start of the Indians’ 2016 campaign further.
The Indians rotation will stay on track for the week and will pass over Tomlin, who was initially scheduled to start Saturday before two missed games bumped him to Sunday. Corey Kluber will start Tuesday night, with Carlos Carrasco to follow on Wednesday night and Danny Salazar to pitch the Thursday afternoon getaway day start.
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