The Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies will have to wait another day to resume the 2022 World Championships. Game 3 of the Fall Classic has been postponed due to rain, the MLB announced Monday night about an hour before the first game kicks off. Instead it will run on Tuesday, and the rest of the series will be delayed one day. There will still be a day off for travel between game five on Thursday and, if necessary, on Friday, game six.
Here is the updated 2022 World Championship schedule:
Monday, October 31: Delayed
Tuesday, November. 1: Game 3 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Philadelphia
Wednesday November. 2: Game 4 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Philadelphia
Thursday 3 November: Game 5 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Philadelphia
Friday, November. 4: holiday
Saturday, November. 5: Game 6 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Houston (if required)
Sunday 6 November: Game 7 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Houston (if needed)
Monday’s postponement is the first at the Fall Classic since Game Six of the 2011 World Championships.
Light rain began falling in Citizens Bank Park around 6 p.m. ET and will increase in intensity around 9 p.m. ET, continuing into early Tuesday morning. Current conditions suggest that the Astros and Phillies could start Game 3 as scheduled, but once the rain intensifies later in the night, they will have to pause and the game will likely be suspended. The MLB makes all decisions about the weather in the post-season and the league prefers to play nine uninterrupted rounds whenever possible.
Here was the weather forecast for Monday night, Monday night via CBS News Philadelphia:
When the world championships finally resume on Tuesday, left-back Ranger Suarez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) are scheduled to be the starting bowlers.
Coincidentally, Philadelphia was the site of MLB’s most famous weather standoff. Game five of the 2008 World Championships was suspended due to rain in the sixth inning. Reyes tied the game 2-2 in the previous half as clubs played during heavy rain. Subsequently, then-commissioner Bud Selig announced that all World Championship matches should be a full nine runs.
“I will not allow that to happen,” Selig told The Associated Press when asked about the possibility of shortening the World Rainfall Championship. “I have to use my judgment. The game would have been delayed in the rain so the weather conditions would allow us to continue. It might have been 24 hours or 48 hours or who knows?”
Game 5 continued the next day and the Phillies achieved their first World Championship since 1980 thanks to Pedro Velez’s seventh RBI single.