Opening Day was supposed to feature all 30 teams in action, but Mother Nature has overruled Major League Baseball on that score. In addition to the Nationals-Reds game in Cincinnati being postponed, the Pirates-Tigers tilt in Detroit has been washed out as well.
The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow, which was an off day, precisely in case today’s game was banged. First pitch set for 1:10 PM with, presumably, Ivan Nova facing off against Jordan Zimmermann, as was expected today.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.