With hurricane Irene threatening to slam into the east coast this weekend, the Yankees had initiated talks with the Orioles about playing a doubleheader in Baltimore tomorrow. The teams have five games scheduled in four days starting tomorrow (including two on Saturday), so rescheduling a game for Friday could have allowed them to potentially get two games in before the rains came.
There's precedent for this sort of thing: A Marlins-Reds game scheduled for today in Florida was instead played yesterday, albeit in front of just a few hundred people. And the Phillies have already rescheduled their Sunday home game against those same Marlins for Saturday, as part of a day-night doubleheader. (Those poor Marlins: They also have a doubleheader scheduled against the Mets for Monday.)
But an Orioles spokesperson says that the teams will not be playing a doubleheader tomorrow, meaning that the schedule remains unchanged. For now.
Weather.com currently forecasts no rain in Baltimore for Monday, so even if all three games on Saturday and Sunday are wiped out, at least one of them could be made up then. As for making up any other games, the Yankees have just two off-days remaining this season — off-days that come before and after a six-game west coast swing. (Baltimore has both of those days off as well).
Here's Girardi talking about potential rain-outs, via ESPN New York:
"I don't know how you make them up. I don't know if they're made up at our ballpark. I don't know if they are made up in December," he joked. "I don't know."
The Yankees have just two off days left this season, so missed games could mean those are lost or doubleheaders pile up. It's not an ideal scenario for a veteran team like the Yankees, according to Girardi.
"Doubleheaders, with a veteran team, you can't play guys every day where if you're playing every day, maybe you just sit one guy," Girardi said. "It is a concern because you don't want games piled up because fatigue and injuries are a concern."
By the way, wouldn't be the first time a hurricane has impacted a Yankees–Orioles series in Baltimore. Back in 2003, hurricane Isabel halted a Yankees–O's game after five innings. From USA Today:
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner issued a statement that said the commissioner's office showed "terrible judgment and overall stupidity" in proceeding with the game.
"Schools, businesses, athletic events — virtually everything — was called off," Steinbrenner said. "And for them to proceed was stupidity at its worst."
Man, we miss Big Stein.