Yankees, Astros ALCS Game 4 Postponed Due To Rain

Alec Gearty
October 16, 2019 - 12:12 pm

Major League Baseball has postponed Game 4 of the AL Championship Series due to rain.

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The Yankees and Astros were set to play the fourth game of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday, but the game will be moved to Thursday night because of the impending threat of thunderstorms in the New York area.

Game 5 between the two teams, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been pushed back to Friday at 7:08 p.m.

The league's decision to push the game back a day gives the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka to receive another days' rest in preparation for a matchup with Houston's Zack Greinke. Tanaka struck out four batters through six innings in Game 1. Now, the Yankees' ace will pitch on full rest in a crucial outing. 

Yankees manager Aaron Boone opts for Tanaka to face Grienke while James Paxton starts on Friday.

Houston took the series lead on Oct. 15, defeating the Yankees 4-1 in Game 3. 

Gerrit Cole tallied seven strikeouts and allowed four hits in the win. New York struggled to take advantage on its home field, setting up the difficult task of facing the well-rested Astros rotation. Astros' manager AJ Hinch confirmed Greinke will indeed start Game 4 while Justin Verlander receives the nod the following night, according to Astros' beat reporter Brian McTaggart.

Yankees' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton could also benefit from the game's postponement. Stanton has yet to play since Game 1 of the series as he deals with a lingering quad strain. He batted 2-for-4 in Game 1 with a home run. 

The Yankees slugger, however, wasn't optimistic to return to the field. 

“It’s not the best but I’m able to hit, so we’re at least that far right now,” Stanton told reporters prior to Game 3. “Time is not on my side. I’m doing what I can."

New York City FC, who shares the stadium with the Yankees, will play its Eastern Conference semi-final match on Oct. 23 at Citi Field as a result of the postponed game. NYCFC's opponent has yet to be determined with the winner between DC United and Toronto FC facing the soccer club.

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