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

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The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will have to wait one more day to advance to the 2022 World Series. Game 3 of the Fall Classic has been postponed due to rain, MLB announced Monday night. Instead, it will be played on Tuesday and the rest of the series will be postponed by a day. There will still be a day off for travel between Game 5 and, if necessary, Game 6.

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Here is the new World Series schedule:

  • Monday, October 31: Postponed
  • Tuesday, November 1: Game 3 at 8:03 PM CET in Philadelphia
  • Wednesday, November 2: Game 4 at 8:03 PM CET in Philadelphia
  • Thursday, November 3: Game 5 at 8:03 PM CET in Philadelphia
  • Friday, November 4: Free day
  • Sat., Nov. 5: Game 6 at 8:03 PM ET at Houston (if necessary)
  • Sun, Nov 6: Game 7 at 8:03pm ET at Houston (if necessary)
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A light rain started to fall at the Citizens Bank Park around 6pm CET, and will increase in intensity around 9pm CET, continuing until early Tuesday morning. Current conditions suggest the Astros and Phillies could start Game 3 as scheduled, but once the rain picks up later in the night, they will have to take a break and the game will likely be suspended. MLB makes all weather-related decisions in the postseason, and the league prefers to play nine straight innings whenever possible.

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Here’s the hourly forecast via CBS News Philadelphia:

Rain is forecast for the third game during the night.

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When the World Series finally resumes Tuesday, Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) should be the starting pitchers.

Coincidentally enough, Philadelphia was the site of the MLB World Series’ most infamous timing dilemma. Game 5 of the 2008 World Series was suspended due to rain in the sixth inning. The Rays drew 2-2 in the previous semi as the clubs played through torrential rain. Then-commissioner Bud Selig then declared that all World Series games must be nine innings.

“I wasn’t going to let that happen,” Selig told The Associated Press when asked about the possibility of the World Series being shortened by rain. “I have to use my judgment.

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


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