The Texas Rangers and host St. Louis Cardinals will try to resume the World Series tonight after a break of two days -- one for travel and one because of a rainy forecast.
Major League Baseball postponed Game 6 of the best-of-seven series last night because of the weather. The Rangers, leading three games to two, are one win away from their first World Series championship.
The two teams will play the game tonight at 8:05 p.m. Eastern time. If the Cardinals win, a decisive Game 7 is scheduled for tomorrow night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
“We’re not getting antsy, we’re not getting ahead of ourselves,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said in a news conference. “We just have to wait.”
The two-day gap between games is the longest at a World Series since 1989, when an earthquake interrupted the Bay Area series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics and resulted in an 11-day gap between games.
The forecast for tonight is for a game-time temperature of 51 degrees (11 Celsius) with zero percent chance of precipitation, according to The Weather Channel. The forecast for tomorrow night is similar.
“It was a conversation about do you want to play in rain,” Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, said in a news conference. “You get to Game 6 of the World Series, you just don’t want to take a chance.”
Colby Lewis is scheduled to start tonight for the Rangers against Jaime Garcia of the Cardinals.
“Given the desire to play a game of this magnitude without interruption, and an outlook with better conditions over the next two nights, Major League Baseball, along with the Cardinals and the Rangers, determined that making the decision early would be the most prudent course of action,” MLB said in an e-mail statement yesterday announcing the rainout.
Any postseason game suspended by weather must be resumed from the point of termination and played to its conclusion under rules that took effect in 2009. That differs from regular-season games that can be called complete as early as the fifth inning.
The last World Series game to be postponed because of rain was Game 5 in 2008 between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays. That game started on Oct. 27 and was called in the sixth inning with the game tied 2-2. Inclement weather prevented the game from being resumed on Oct. 28 and the Phillies clinched the World Series when it was finally finished on Oct. 29.
The opening game of the American League Championship Series between the Rangers and Detroit Tigers in Arlington, Texas, was delayed twice by rain on Oct. 8. Neither starter, C.J. Wilson for the Rangers and Justin Verlander for the Tigers, finished the fifth inning.
Baseball postponed Game 2 because of heavy rain, and Game 4 in Detroit started more than two hours late because of rain.