Zach Wheeler tosses tonight, his first real game since 2014. Wow. Hooray.
Sad, though, that in early April, his first official post-injury game should be on cold, windy night, as I would certainly believe it is easier and safer for pitchers to throw in warmer weather.
Play day games in early April, people!!
Afer our season opener this past Monday afternoon, the schedule has ELEVEN STRAIGHT NIGHT GAMES in what can easily be frigid February-like weather in April.
My memory may be off on this, but I seem to recall Jerry Buchek hitting a homer on the first night game of 1967, a cold night, on April 27. They waited 3 weeks to have the first night game.
But, because of TV money, they now start night games 3 weeks earlier than that.
Average temperatures this time of year climb a degree in the NY area every 3 days, roughly, so it is still often wintry at night in early April.
I do recall in around 2012 or 2013, Jenrry Mejia pitched in Buffalo on a blustery, 35 degree night - and tore his ACL.
Matt Harvey took baseball by storm for most of 2013, before his elbow tear. Could his having to pitch in back-to-back 33 degree games in Colorado and Minnesota have started the elbow tendon weakening? We'll never know.
Top pitchers are a valued commodity - why risk that by playing "Winter Ball?" Just my take. Also, I am not sitting in any stands in cold night weather in April.
What's your take?