The schedule hasn’t been finalized and approved but the schedule being proposed has the Yankees opening the season on National TV on Thursday night, July 23 vs. the defending World Series Champion Washington Nationals down in D.C.
There won’t be fans, but it’ll be interesting if, to kick off the season and to send a message to the sports world regarding getting things back to normal, President Trump throws out the first pitch.
How long pitchers will be able to go after resuming pitching schedules we’ll have to see. Instead of the usual six week spring training, this “summer retraining” will only be three weeks.
Nonetheless, Opening Day should see a great pitching matchup for at least a few innings of Gerrit Cole vs. Max Scherzer. Even if it’s not Scherzer, WS MVP Stephen Strasburg.
How can a guy with a .197 career batting average so far in his MLB career be someone who may turn out to be very valuable? Such may be the case for Tyler Wade.
Wade is still only 25 and still trying to establish himself as a major league player. But he does have speed and is very versatile. With this new extra inning rule for this year, where you start the inning with a runner on second base, expect Wade to be used as a pinch-runner if the Yanks go into extra innings. And if a) the Yanks are on the road or b) whether the Yanks score his run or not, the game continues on further, Wade can play six different positions so he can pinch-run for a bunch of different players and he can then take the field in a variety of different positions.