World Series Game 3 postponed: Rain moves Phillies-Astros to Tuesday, alters schedule for 2022 Fall Classic.

World Series Game 3 postponed: Rain moves Phillies-Astros to Tuesday, alters schedule for 2022 Fall Classic.

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The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will have to wait another day for the 2022 World Series to resume. Game 3 of the Fall Classic was postponed due to rain, MLB announced on Monday night just an hour before first pitch. Instead, it will be played on Tuesday and the remainder of the series will be moved up by one day. There will still be a day off for travel between Game 5 on Thursday and, if necessary, Game 6 on Friday.

Here is the updated 2022 World Series schedule.

  • Monday, October 31: Postponed
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1: Game 3 at 8:03 PM ET in Philadelphia
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2: Game 4 at 8:03 PM ET in Philly
  • Thursday, November 3: Game 5 at 8:03 PM ET in Philly
  • Friday, Nov. 4: Day off
  • Sat., Nov. 5: Game 6 at 8:03 PM ET at Houston (if necessary)
  • Sun., Nov. 6: Game 7 at 8:03 PM ET at Houston (if necessary)

Monday’s postponement is the first in the Fall Classic since Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.

Light rain began falling at Citizens Bank Park around 6 PM ET and will increase in intensity around 9 PM ET, continuing into early Tuesday morning. Current conditions suggest the Astros and Phillies could start Game 3 as scheduled, but when the rain picks up later in the night, they would have to take a break and the game would likely be abandoned. MLB makes all weather-related decisions in the postseason, and the league prefers to play nine straight innings whenever possible.

Here’s the hourly forecast for Monday night via CBS News Philadelphia:

Rain is forecast overnight for Game 3.

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When the World Series finally resumes on Tuesday, Phillies left-hander Ranger Suárez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) are slated for starting pitchers.

Coincidentally, Philadelphia was the site of MLB’s most infamous World Series timeout. Game 5 of the 2008 World Series was suspended due to rain in the sixth inning. The Rays tied 2-2 in the previous half while the clubs played in the rain. After that, then-commissioner Bud Selig declared that all World Series games must go the full nine innings.

“I didn’t want to let that happen,” Selig told The Associated Press when asked about the possibility of shortening the World Series. “I have to use my judgement. The game would have been postponed with rain until the weather conditions allowed us to continue. And that could have been 24 hours or 48 hours or who knows?”

Game 5 continued the next day and the Phillies won their first World Series championship since 1980 thanks to Pedro Feliz’ RBI single in the seventh inning.

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