Saturday's Yankees-Diamondbacks game postponed, no new date announced

Jun 1, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Members of the grounds crew pull the tarp across the field after batting practice before a game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees game against the Arizona Diamondbacks scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to the forecast of sustained inclement weather, the team announced.

The game between the Yanks (78-76) and D-backs (81-73) will be rescheduled for a game at Yankee Stadium, but the date for that game has yet to be determined. The two teams do not share a mutual off-day over the season’s final eight days.

While the result means little for the Bronx Bombers in terms of the standings as they find themselves 7.0 games out of the American League Wild Card race and eight games to play, Arizona currently occupies the second National League Wild Card spot and is 1.0 games ahead of the Chicago Cubs for the final spot and 2.0 and 2.5 ahead of the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds, who entered Saturday on the outside looking in.

With the Yankees’ last day off coming Monday while the D-backs are playing in Chicago, it is possible the game is not made up unless the result has NL postseason implications.

If rain washes out Sunday's game, MLB could force Arizona to play a doubleheader in New York on Monday and a doubleheader in Chicago with the Diamondbacks having a day off on Thursday.

The two teams are scheduled to play a 1:35 p.m. start on Sunday with RHP Clarke Schmidt (9-9, 4.65 ERA) and Zac Gallen (16-8, 3.60 ERA) the originally announced pitchers.

The Yankees made the announcement five hours before the scheduled 1:35 p.m. first pitch. The Yanks were scheduled to pitch left-hander Carlos Rodon (3-6, 5.90 ERA) to the mound against RHP Zach Davies (2-5, 6.81 ERA).

Saturday's game was going to be the "Aaron Judge #62 Bobblehead" giveaway for the first 18,000 at the ballpark, and that promotion has been rescheduled for a game next season, Saturday, April 20, 2024, against the Tampa Bay Rays