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

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

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The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will have to wait one more day to continue the 2022 World Series. Game 3 of the Fall Classic has been postponed due to rain, MLB announced Monday afternoon just an hour before first pitch. 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 Thursday’s Game 5 and, if necessary, Friday’s Game 6.

Here is the updated 2022 World Series schedule:

  • Monday, October 31: Postponed
  • Tuesday, November 1: Game 3 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Philadelphia
  • Wed Nov 2: Game 4 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Philadelphia
  • Thursday, November 3: Game 5 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Philadelphia
  • Fri., Nov. 4: Day off
  • Sat., Nov. 5: Game 6 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Houston (if needed)
  • Sun., November 6: Game 7 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Houston (if needed)

Monday’s postponement is the first in the Fall Classic since Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.

A light rain began to fall at Citizens Bank Park around 6 p.m. ET and will ramp up around 9 p.m. ET, and will continue 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 stop 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.

Here was the hourly forecast for Monday night via CBS News Philadelphia:

There is rain in the forecast overnight for Game 3.

CBS News Philadelphia

When the World Series finally resumes Tuesday, Phillies left-hander Ranger Suárez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) are slated to be the starters.

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

“I wasn’t going to let that happen,” Selig told The Associated Press when asked about the possibility of a World Series being shortened by rain. “I have to use my judgment. The game would have a rain delay until the weather allows us to continue. And that could be 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 seventh-inning RBI single.

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