Yesterday we had six postponements. Late in the day the powers that be then went ahead and postponed the Patriot’s Day game scheduled for this morning between the Orioles and Red Sox due to torrential rain.
Now a second game has been cancelled: the Cubs-Cardinals tilt scheduled for Wrigley Field this evening has been postponed due primarily to cold temperatures but it was probably gonna rain and/or snow too, so either way they would’ve been boned.
That now makes for 22 weather-related postponements so far this season. That’s the most in a month since 2006, when we had 26 postponements in April. Of course, we still have two weeks to go in the month of April. If I were a betting man, I’d take the over.
The Diamondbacks selected the contract of pitcher Clay Buchholz from Triple-A Reno ahead of Sunday’s game against the Mets. It marked Buchholz’s first major league start since April 11 last season (also against the Mets) when he was a member of the Phillies. Shortly after that start, he was diagnosed with a partial tear of his flexor pronator mass and he ended up not being able to pitch the rest of the season.
Buchholz signed a minor league deal with the Royals but he opted out of his contract at the beginning of this month. The Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league deal a few days later, needing depth with a depleted starting rotation. Buchholz made two starts for Reno before getting the call Sunday.
Buchholz, 33, pitched well on Sunday against the Mets, lasting five innings and limiting the opposition to a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. His only blemish was allowing a solo home run to Amed Rosario leading off the sixth. He was immediately relieved by T.J. McFarland afterwards.
It is not yet clear if Buchholz will get another turn through the D-Backs’ rotation.