New York Yankees Opening Day game against Washington in danger of delay/postponement

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It’s 2020, after all. Why wouldn’t there be a delay or postponement of Opening Day for the New York Yankees? The Bombers are scheduled to play against the Washington Nationals at 7 PM on Thursday evening, but things are looking a bit murky in the sky.

The Yankees recently completed summer camp, which was created to compensate for the loss of spring training months ago before the MLB shut down operations due to the  COVID-19 pandemic. The team has looked solid across-the-board during intrasquad and exhibition games. Against the New York Mets, the Yankees hit five home runs in one game, was Aaron Judge hitting three over his last three contests.

The team as a whole looks ready and prepared to take on a 60-game condensed schedule instituted to revive the sport. With sports across the world, returning to action, and implementing safety protocols to keep players healthy and available, baseball has a good chance of returning to full operations — aside from having fans in the stadium.

However, nothing is ever easy in sports. As we’ve waited months to return to action, Thursday nights game against the Nationals is in jeopardy.

According to the weather report, there is a 50% chance of precipitation at 7 PM, which could force delays and/or a postponement of Opening Day. What a bummer that would be after patiently waiting for things to start up again. Washington has been dealing with bad storms lately, causing flooding, power outages, and downed trees. Just over the past few days, 50,000 people were left without power.

Mentions of heavy rain, damaging winds, and intense lightning have been reported in the DC area. A 50% chance of precipitation does not bode well for the Yankees. If only they hosted the game in the Bronx.

However, if the game is able to commence, new ace Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer will face off in a highly anticipated pitching duel. While both teams have incredible offensive production, these two pitchers are some of the best in baseball and should create trouble for their respective lineups.

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