If Twins-Dodgers can't play 3 this week, when would they make it up?
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Daily weather forecasting, like projecting batting averages, is an imperfect science.
In layman's terms, it doesn't look good to play three baseball games this week. It's no sure thing, of course, that any of the games will be postponed, but the threat exists.
Tuesday's game (7:10 p.m.)
Forecast: 100% chance of rain with a high temperature of 40 degrees.
Even worse, Tuesday night is projected to have a low of 35 degrees with rain/snow "likely," or about a 70 percent chance.
Wednesday's game (7:10 p.m.)
Forecast: 60% chance of rain/snow with a high of 44 degrees.
Wednesday night is a low temperature of 37 degrees and rain is again "likely," according to forecasts.
Thursday's game (12:10 p.m.)
Forecast: 40% chance of rain, with a high temperature of 50 degrees.
Thursday night also has a 40% chance of rain, with a low of 39 degrees.
The percentage chance of getting all three games in as scheduled doesn't seem very high, based on the dreary forecast. The two teams likely will be highly motivated to complete the series this week, one way or another. They might try to do a split day-night doubleheader one of the days this week. (The Dodgers probably are using Thursday as a travel day, because they begin a series in Miami on Friday.)
If they can't get in all three games, what would possible makeup dates look like?
Well, options are limited.
Here are the off-days for the rest of the season for each team, not including the All-Star Break, of course:
Twins scheduled off days: May 12, 19, 22; June 12, 23; July 28; August 4, 14, 25; September 8, 18.
Dodgers scheduled off days: May 15, 19; June 5, 19; July 7, 24, 28; August 18, 25, 28; September 4, 11, 25.
You can see the mutual off days are May 19 and July 28.
Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement requires teams do not play in more than 20 consecutive days, however, which rules out the possibiliy of a hypothetical makeup on July 28. That would mean the Dodgers play games on 24 consecutive days.
That leaves May 19 as the most likely date for a makeup, based only on rudimentary schedule analysis. If for some reason the Twins and Dodgers can't play all three scheduled games this week, that might be a date to circle on the calendar.
The Twins host the Mariners before that scheduled day off (May 19), and then head to San Diego for a two-game series with the Padres. The Dodgers play on the road in Arizona and then are scheduled to visit the Mets the after the scheduled day off.
"It's OK to get rained out against the Tigers because they'll come back and maybe we can do a day-night [doubleheader] or something like that. It's not ideal but it's better than losing an off day," Twins closer Glen Perkins said this week on the Mackey & Judd show on 1500 ESPN. "With these Dodgers [games], if we end up getting rained out we're going to end up losing off days and I don't think anybody likes that."