Opening Day will have to wait one more day.
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox were postponed this afternoon because of rain, pushing the teams’ start to the regular season back one day.
The game will be made up Tuesday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. Eastern.
With rain in the forecast all day today – peaking during the playing hours – the teams did not even advance to the stage of warmups.
The game was officially postponed at 5:50 p.m. Eastern. First pitch was scheduled for 4:10 p.m.
There was a brief period of optimism, shortly after 4 p.m., when the tarp was pulled off each baseline and teams were introduced as part of pregame festivities. There was a national anthem and the ceremonial first pitch. But immediately after, the teams retreated to their clubhouses, not to be seen again.
The scheduled pitching matchup was Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander against White Sox lefty Jose Quintana. That matchup will still stand Tuesday.
With a built-in off day Tuesday – scheduled just in case of the chance of an Opening Day weather delay – the Tigers will continue in their five-man starting rotation throughout the week.
With the off day, they were planning on affording each of their starters an extra day of rest. Now, with Verlander starting a day later, each pitcher will throw on regular rest the first time through the order.
The pitching rotation, then, looks like this: Verlander on Tuesday, righty Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday, lefty Daniel Norris on Thursday, righty Michael Fulmer against the Red Sox in the home opener at Comerica Park on Friday, lefty Matthew Boyd on Saturday and Verlander again on Sunday.