Published 3: 37 PM EDT Aug 1, 2020
The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds moved up Saturday’s game by five hours due to there used to be rain in the forecast.
Mother Nature it sounds as if did no longer care. The Tigers’ grounds crew started unrolling the tarp at 1 p.m., factual 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled first pitch, as it started to rain at Comerica Park.
The game used to be officially postponed at 2 p.m. The Reds and Tigers will play a seven-inning doubleheader on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 12: 10 p.m. It’d be the first seven-inning doubleheader in MLB history after the league accredited shortened doubleheaders earlier this week.
Both teams were warming up on the self-discipline, and both starting up pitchers were in the bullpen, so they were making ready to play at 1: 10 p.m. ahead of the tarp used to be rolled over the infield. Reds starter Trevor Bauer used to be mad with the dedication to delay the game.
“Postpone the game ahead of starters birth throwing or play by it,” Bauer tweeted from the clubhouse. “You would possibly possibly well well possibly also’t attach off a game 8 minutes ahead of it’s supposed to begin. Very finest due to it’s a shortened season doesn’t point out that you simply would be succesful to alternate the final principles without warning. Figure it the f— out.
“First, you development the rattling game up 5 hours the day ahead of. Then you definately let starters receive sizzling for the game after which delay it 8 minutes ahead of game time. By no technique in my 10-365 days profession like I seen something so amateur. Now not in the minor leagues. Now not in the mountainous leagues. By no technique noticed it even in college.”
It used to be pouring rain around 1: 30 p.m., so there used to be no probability the teams can also’ve in the origin played by it. In hindsight, a delay must quiet’ve been announced an hour or two ahead of the newly-scheduled first pitch, in desire to waiting until the rain started 10 minutes ahead of the first pitch.
“So that you simply would be succesful to read the radar 24 hours in advance to dangle you’ll want to circulation the game up 5 hours tomorrow,” Bauer tweeted, “nonetheless that you simply would be succesful to’t read it 30 minutes in advance to dangle there’s a huge cell coming and also you’ll want to delay it ahead of the starters throw for the day? #AmateurHour.”
It’s miles the third time the Reds were delayed by rain this week and their second postponement. They sat by a 1-hour, 47-minute rain delay ahead of Monday’s 8-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
There used to be a 50-minute rain delay Thursday ahead of the Reds and Cubs postponed their sequence finale at Mountainous American Ball Park. No make-up date has been announced for Thursday’s rainout.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo despatched out a pair of tweets all the blueprint by Thursday’s delay, ripping the Reds for looking out to wait out the rain.
“Hiya @Reds when attain you watched the window is? Asking for some mates… per chance study at @HomeDepot for one?” Rizzo tweeted alongside a image of the climate radar.
MLB implemented seven-inning doubleheaders, which can also possibly be done in the minor leagues, due to there were 31 total video games postponed due to certain COVID-19 assessments.
How will shortened doubleheaders like an heed on teams?
“It places of us with truly solid rotations in a terribly fair reveal,” Bauer stated Friday, “nonetheless you might well well also also argue that folk that like truly solid bullpens that like much less innings to duvet, your starter can ideal high-tail three innings now and also that you simply would be succesful to quiet duvet it. It will be attention-grabbing to peep how it performs out.
“Every game is 2.7 times as crucial as a abnormal season, so now every inning goes to be 1.thrice as crucial as a abnormal inning in a game, so elevated stakes the higher for my fragment. I like it.”