With the regular season scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, any major disruptions by rain this weekend could seriously disrupt Aaron Judge’s home run total. And with it raining in the Bronx on Saturday — most of it expected before 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service — the choice was made to delay the start until 1:30 p.m. in hopes of getting the game in today.
In the unlikely event that the teams are unable to play today, they could play a doubleheader on Sunday. But with a 60 percent chance of rain during the day on Sunday, and a 30 percent chance of rain in the evening, nothing is guaranteed then either.
Unfortunately, any games lost would almost certainly not be made up. There are no postseason implications for either team, so rather than playing on Thursday — a scheduled off day for all postseason teams — the Yankees would presumably finish their season with 160 or 161 games. Fans would undoubtedly be clamoring for a makeup game if Judge were stuck on No. 61, but an exception made to accommodate a player trying for an individual accomplishment would be highly unusual.