Yankees vs Tigers: Game 4 Postponed Due to Rain, Will Play on Thursday

Doug RushSenior Analyst IOctober 17, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 17:  Members of the grounds crew put the tarp on the infield due to a weather delay for impending inclement weather prior to game four of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees  at Comerica Park on October 17, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Mother nature sure does know how to mess up the postseason.

There was rain in the forecast in the Motor City, and it has taken out baseball on Wednesday night.

Fans in Detroit waited around for the 8:07 p.m. start to the game between the Yankees and Tigers, but right before 9:35, the league could no longer wait around.

Game 4 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Tigers has been postponed due to rain and will be made up on Thursday at 4:07 p.m, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.


Tonight's game has been postponed.

— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) October 18, 2012


The announcement came from the league to postpone Game 4 after the game was delayed for about 90 minutes.


BREAKING: Tonight's #ALCS Game 4 between @yankees and @tigers has been postponed until tomorrow at 4 pm ET on @mlb_tbs.

— MLB (@MLB) October 18, 2012


Max Scherzer and CC Sabathia are still scheduled to start for each team on Thursday; however, the series loses the off-day between Games 5 and 6 if the series goes that far, which means if the ALCS goes to seven games, Sabathia might not be available to pitch that game, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.


#yanks lose offday with rainout. so cc wont be able to start game 7 in addition to 4. #whenitrainsitpours

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 18, 2012


You have to wonder if the rain will have any effect on either team, especially the Yankees, whose offense has been almost non-existent in the entire series, scoring just five runs in the first three games.

Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson were both expected to sit in the lineup, marking the second straight game that A-Rod would not be in the lineup for the Yankees.

So for 24 hours, the Yankees season stays alive. For now.

Maybe the rain delay helps turn the Yankees around on Thursday. Or, it just delays the inevitable sweep out of the postseason by Detroit.

Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.