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Courtesy of the Pope, an April Schedule from Hell

Posted on: March 7, 2008 10:58 am
 

A lot has been made of the fact that Joe Girardi's tough Spring Training will hopefully enable the Yankees to get off to a better early start than they have in the previous three years under Joe Torre. A glance at the April schedule suggests that this may not necessarily be true.

After an eight-day, seven-game homestand, the Yankees spend 19 of the next 21 days on the road -- the only exception a two-game series against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees are scheduled to play 18 road games in April, which would be a franchise record.

Traditionally, teams get extra off days in April. But this year the Yankees have a stretch of 19 consecutive days with a game, April 2-20.

The culprit? Pope Benedict XVI, who scheduled an April 20th Mass that caused the original April schedule to be shifted to accommodate the actual Mass and the preparations.

I guess a glass half full view is that if the Yankees can get off to a decent start, they'll be in the driver's seat with the extra days off and home games they receive later in the season as a result of the April switches.

Maybe I'll say a prayer at Benedict's Mass.

 

Category: MLB
Tags: Schedule
 
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Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2008 11:40 am
 

Courtesy of the Pope, an April Schedule from Hell

Good Blog as always... but a season is a season... no matter what road games.. schedule is a schedule it will balance out. Though this is an extended leave of abscence from Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi will be pressed to maintain this hectic schedule. Granted they are on the road for sometime, but I think that the later home games in the year they will have will most definately benefit them. In a way I think this could be a blessing from the Pope... LOL

We'll see how it turns out... but just like Marist, Mickey, and the Babe battling for HRs a season is a season...




Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2008 3:39 pm
 

Courtesy of the Pope, an April Schedule from Hell

Yes, the Yankees start the season with 9 home and 18 road games...but following that stretch they have a 9-game home stand April 29-May 8...

Which means that through 36 games in 2008, the Yankees will have 18 home games and 18 road games. Pretty balanced, in an off-balanced way.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2008 12:08 pm
 

Courtesy of the Pope, an April Schedule from Hell

In 1965, Pope Paul VI visited New York and the Yankees were 77-85. In 1979, Pope John Paul came to New York and the Yankees were 89-71. In 1995, John Paul II came by and the Yankees were 79-65 (only 144 games that year). Lets hope that a Papal visit brings them good fortune. If nothing else, maybe Benedict can get in the mix for the first base job with Jason Giambi and Shelly Duncan. "Holy Cow, did you see that play by Pope Benny"?



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2008 11:31 am
 

Courtesy of the Pope, an April Schedule from Hell

That is a rough schedule, nasty.  On the bright side, you don't start the season in Japan.  That ill-conceived marketing ploy by MLB set the Yankees back 6 weeks and gave the Giambino some sort of sushi-related parasites. 

As tight as the Yanks schedule is in the early going and without having their starters fully stretched out, I would look for them to use a six man rotation in the early going (Igawa being the 6th - with the additional benefit of potentially increasing his trade value) and/or a carry an extra pitcher on the roster until things level off.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2008 11:29 am
 

Courtesy of the Pope, an April Schedule from Hell

Maybe I'll say a prayer at Benedict's Mass.

What a daunting schedule. I hope Joe Girardi has the team ready to go starting March 31st...


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