World Series weather forecast: Rain could delay Phillies-Astros Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park

World Series weather forecast: Rain could delay Phillies-Astros Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park

The 2022 World Series is scheduled to continue with a Game 3 in between Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia. The two clubs split Games 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park in Houston and now the best-of-five series shifts to Citizens Bank Park. Here’s how to watch Game 3. Ouch and ouch, the weather could end Game 3.

Rain is forecast throughout the evening and will continue into Tuesday morning. First pitch is currently scheduled for 8:03 PM ET and MLB he has already met twice to discuss the weather. Officials met for the last time at 5:00 PM ET, but could not reach a decision. According to MLBrain remains in the forecast, and they hope to have more clarity when they reconvene at 6:45 PM ET.

Here’s the hourly forecast via CBS News Philadelphia:

Rain is forecast overnight for Game 3.

CBS News Philadelphia

MLB makes all weather-related decisions in the postseason, and the league’s priority is to play nine straight innings. MLB wants to avoid starting the game and then forcing everyone to delay(s) later. The league also likes not to start the game late at night, after half the country has gone to bed.

If the Astros and Phillies play Game 3 on Monday, it could resemble Game 5 of the NLCS, when the Phillies and Fathers it started on time and the two teams played most of the game in the rain, including heavy showers at times. There have been two weather postponements this postseason (Games 2 and 5 of the ALDS in between Yankees and Guardians).

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 middle of the sixth inning. The Rays just equalized 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. Whenever the Astros and Phillies play Game 3 of this year’s World Series, righties Noah Syndergaard (10-10, 3.94 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) will be the starting pitchers.

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