To paraphrase the old saying, there’s no rest for the New York Yankees.
The Bronx Bombers have a heavy workload for the next four weeks when they’ll play 22 games over the next 23 days in May. The Yankees can thank the weather for that, which postponed both Friday and Saturday’s games at Yankee Stadium and helped create the busy schedule.
“We should be fine,” New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Texas Rangers. “Most of the guys were in Friday, whether it was throwing, doing some hitting, treatments or whatever. Then everyone was in and we had a workout. Did our advanced stuff yesterday, so not too worried about that. … That’s a grind, but such is the big league season.
“Kind of weather it and expect to thrive in it.”
The Yankees entered the Mother’s Day matinee doubleheader after having their 11-game winning streak snapped by the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. New York is hoping to recreate that during the five-game homestand, but the busy weeks ahead will make the task more challenging.
It’s also forcing Boone to be a bit more strategic with his pitching rotation. Luis Severino told reporters before the game that he would be starting on Tuesday.
“It puts us in line with a couple of righties,” Boone said of the decision. “Just where we can find spots with (Severino) try and have those built in ones every now and then, and yes we will need a starter that first day in Chicago. We’ll kind of talk through and see which way we want to go with that regard.”
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The Yankees travel to Chicago after they finish the homestand in the Bronx starting on Wednesday.
New York has gotten plenty of help from its pitching staff so far this season as they jumped to an 18-7 record on Sunday. They had entered the day with the second-best ERA in Major League Baseball at a 2.60 behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers.