The first thing that hit me when the hyped forecast of the Nor'easter started ticking up on weather reports was this could be a good thing for the Yankees--that is if Boston would call the game early enough on Sunday to allow the Yanks to get an earlier charter departure for Texas.
It's a shame that ESPN was about to hold the Yankees to an 8 pm ballgame, certainly not allowing them to get up in the air until well past the midnight hour. Thus, they'd roll into Texas in the week hours and have to play the two-time defending AL Champs in a three-game series after being somewhat spent from a physically and emotionally draining weekend in Beantown.
Hearing the game was rained out and will be rescheduled was good news on several fronts.
First, the Yankees can leave Boston still feeling the positive after-shocks of the tremendous come from behind massacre Saturday. Second is the obvious physical break the Bombers get by getting into Texas at a reasonable hour, getting a good night's rest and having a normal day of pre-game polish at the Ballpark for Monday night's game. Third, there's nothing wrong with the Yankee bullpen getting a full day off. The Rangers' lineup is formidable, to say the least, helping Texas get out to a shiny 13-3 mark. Who know how many arms might have been needed Sunday night had they played the final game in the Boston series? Now the Yankee skipper has a fresh 'pen and a well-rested team as they tangle with Texas.
Weather is supposed to be great in Arlington for the three-game series. That could mean a couple of things--pitchers will have a great feel for the ball and should be closer to the top of their games, and with the air being warm and dry both Yankee and Ranger lineups could launch a barrage of bombs. That's why it's good the Yankees have their arms at the ready. Should be a great series.