World Series weather forecast: Rain could force Phillies-Astros Game 3 to be postponed at Citizens Bank Park

World Series weather forecast: Rain could force Phillies-Astros Game 3 to be postponed at Citizens Bank Park

The 2022 World Series is scheduled to continue with Game 3 between Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia. The two clubs split Games 1 and 2 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park and now the series, which has become a best-of-five, will be moved to Citizens Bank Park. Here’s how to watch game 3. Unfortunately the weather could interrupt Game 3.

It rains all evening and lasts until Tuesday morning. The first pitch is currently scheduled for 8:03 p.m. ET MLB has already met twice to discuss the weather. Officials last met at 5 p.m. ET but were unable to make a decision. According to MLBRain remains in the forecast, and they hope to have more clarity when they meet again at 6:45 p.m. ET.

Here’s the hourly forecast from CBS News Philadelphia:

Game 3 is forecast to rain all night.

CBS News Philadelphia

MLB makes all postseason weather-related decisions, and the league’s priority is to play nine straight innings. MLB wants to avoid starting the game and then forcing everyone to endure one or more delays later. The league also would rather not start play late at night after half the country has gone to bed.

If the Astros and Phillies play Game 3 on Monday, it could be similar to Game 5 of the NLCS when the Phillies and fathers started on time and the two teams played in the rain for most of the match, sometimes with heavy downpours. This postseason saw two weather-related postponements (Games 2 and 5 of the ALDS between Aug Yanks and Guardian).

Coincidentally, Philadelphia was the scene of MLB’s most notorious weather issue in the World Series. Game 5 of the 2008 World Series was stopped midway through the sixth inning due to rain. That rays had just leveled the game 2-2 in the previous half inning while the clubs played through a downpour. After that, then-commissioner Bud Selig declared that all World Series games must consist of nine innings.

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

Game 5 continued the next day and the Phillies clinched their first World Series title since 1980 thanks to Pedro Feliz’s RBI single in the seventh inning. Whenever the Astros and Phillies play Game 3 of this year’s World Series, right-handers Noah Syndergard (10-10, 3.94 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) will be the starting pitchers.

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