Weather is wreaking havoc on the MLB season and it could leave some teams with a chaotic summer schedule

  • Cold and rainy conditions have caused a near-record number of postponements to start the MLB season.
  • The severe weather started on Opening Day and has continued steadily throughout April, with a whopping six games pushed back from Sunday's slate.
  • Teams will have to get creative as they attempt to make up for lost games as the season continues.


Severe weather has been wreaking havoc on baseball through the first few weeks of the 2018 MLB season.

The trend started on Opening Day when games in Detroit and Cincinnati were postponed due to bad weather. From there, things have only gotten worse, with a whopping six games this past Sunday set to be rescheduled later in the season. Additionally, the Boston Red Sox Patriots Day tradition of hosting an early game on the day of the Boston Marathon was also a victim of poor weather this year — the first time that game has been canceled since 1984.

All told, 22 games have already been forced to a later date — the second-most the league has seen through April since 2000, and with two weeks still to go.

Despite the high number of postponements, many games that have been played have still been in brutal conditions. Baseball season started a bit earlier in the calendar year than usual this year, leaving games in cities like Detroit, Chicago, and all across the Northeast to be played in cold, wet, and sometimes even wintry conditions.

See how weather has impacted games this season: 

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: The grounds crew puts the tarp on the field at the top of the sixth inning due to a rain delay during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: The grounds crew tends to the infield as it rains during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Hammel heads out to warm up in the bullpen as the grounds crew removes the tarp after a brief rain before action against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Rain falls on a glass window at Citi Field before a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 03: General view as the tarp covers the field during a rain delay prior to the game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 3, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals fans stay bundled up against the cold and rain during a game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday April 14, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 15: General view during a rain delay prior to the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 15, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Apr 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Fans sit in the stands as rain falls during opening day prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Fans sit in the stands wearing ponchos as it rains during the fifth inning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view of a tarp on the field at Yankee Stadium as rain falls during opening day prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of the grounds crew at Wrigley Field in the snow prior to a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Snow clings to the edge of the grass following overnight flurries before a game between the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The game was postponed because of cold weather. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout stands in the outfield as snow falls in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday April 14, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Angels won, 5-3. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez plays in the snow on Monday, April 9, 2018 on Opening Day at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill. The team's home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed to Tuesday because of the weather. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez stands on the field as snow falls before the Cubs home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 9, 2018, in Chicago, Ill. The game was postponed to Tuesday because of the weather. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 6: Colorado Rockies grounds crew use leaf blowers to blow off the snow around the edges of the field on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves on April 6, 2018 Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 6: Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis #35 warm up as snow falls before opening day at Coors Field on April 6, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Rockies play the Atlanta Braves Friday afternoon for their 25th anniversary. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 6: Atlanta Braves Arodys Vizcaino #38 takes a photo of the snow before opening day at Coors Field on April 6, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Rockies play the Atlanta Braves Friday afternoon for their 25th anniversary. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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"It's the topic of every press conference we've had with the exception of two (games)," Royals manager Ned Yost said of the weather, according to USA Today. "It's cold. You look at the game they had in Chicago (Saturday) with Atlanta, and it was bitter, bitter cold there." The Royals were set to play the Angels on Sunday, but the game was postponed due to wet conditions and wind chills that would push the temperature below freezing before the first pitch.

While the postponements are a necessity given the hand many teams have been dealt with bad weather, it will leave some teams in a tight spot when they are forced to make the games up later in the season. The Minnesota Twins, for instance, have already had five games pushed back through the first two weeks of the season, including the entirety of their weekend series with the Chicago White Sox. As any baseball fan would tell you, finding three free days for two teams in the middle of summer is no easy task.

The severe weather has also hurt some teams that had already been struggling with attendance numbers, with the Orioles and White Sox both having trouble filling seats due in part to cold conditions.

There's not much Major League Baseball can do to compete with the weather, but if they continue to reschedule games at such a high rate, teams might have to begin to find some creative solutions as schedules tighten later in the season. Get ready for a lot of double-headers.

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