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

The 2022 World Series is set to resume with Game 3 between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia. The two clubs shared Games 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park in Houston and now the series, which has become a best-of-five, moves to Citizens Bank Park. Here’s how to watch Game 3. Alas and unfortunately, the weather could interrupt Game 3.

Rain is forecast throughout the evening and continuing through Tuesday morning. The first pitch is currently scheduled for 8:03 p.m. ET, and MLB has already met twice to discuss the weather. Officials met most recently at 5 p.m. ET, but were unable to reach 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 is the hourly forecast via CBS News Philadelphia:

There is rain in the forecast all night for Game 3.

CBS News Philadelphia

MLB makes all weather-related decisions in the playoffs, and the league’s priority is to play nine uninterrupted innings. MLB wants to avoid starting the game and then force everyone to wait for one or more delays later. The league also prefers 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 look like Game 5 of the NLCS, when the Phillies and Padres started on time and both teams played in the rain for most of the game, sometimes including heavy showers. There have been two weather-related postponements this postseason (ALDS Game 2 and Game 5 between the Yankees and Guardians).

Coincidentally, Philadelphia was the site of the most infamous weather dilemma in the MLB World Series. Game 5 of the 2008 World Series was suspended due to rain midway through the sixth inning. The Rays had just tied the game 2-2 in the previous half as the clubs played in a downpour. Afterwards, then-commissioner Bud Selig declared that all World Series games had to be nine full innings.

“I wasn’t going to allow that to 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 the weather allowed us to continue. And it 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’s RBI single in the seventh inning. Whenever the Astros and Phillies play Game 3 of this year’s World Series, right-handers Noah Syndergaard (10-10, 3.94 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) will be starting pitchers.

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