The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will have to wait another day to resume the 2022 World Series. Game 3 of the Fall Classic has been postponed due to rain, MLB announced about an hour before the first pitch on Monday evening. It will instead be played Tuesday and the rest of the series will be postponed one day. There is still a day off for travel between Thursday’s Game 5 and Friday’s Game 6 if necessary.
Here is the updated schedule for the 2022 World Series:
- Monday October 31: Postponed
- Tue 1 Nov.: Match 3 at 8:03 PM ET in Philadelphia
- wed. Nov 2: Match 4 at 8:03 PM ET in Philadelphia
- Thursday, November 3: Match 5 at 8:03 PM ET in Philadelphia
- fr. Nov 4: Day off
- Sat 5 Nov.: Game 6 at 8:03 PM ET in Houston (if needed)
- Sun 6 Nov.: Game 7 at 8:03 PM ET in Houston (if needed)
Monday’s postponement is the first in the fall classic since Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.
Light rain began in Citizens Bank Park around 6:00 PM ET and will increase in intensity around 9:00 PM ET and will continue until early Tuesday morning. Current circumstances suggest the Astros and Phillies could start Game 3 as planned, but once the rain intensifies later in the night, they would have to pause and the game would likely be suspended. MLB makes all weather-related decisions in the postseason, and the league prefers to play nine innings uninterrupted whenever possible.
This was the hourly forecast for Monday night via CBS News Philadelphia:
When the World Series finally resumes on Tuesday, Phillies lefthander Ranger Suárez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) on the schedule as starting pitchers.
Coincidentally, Philadelphia was the site of MLB’s most infamous World Series weather problem. Game 5 of the 2008 World Series was halted due to rain in the sixth inning. The Rays tied the game 2-2 in the previous half inning while the clubs played through a heavy rainstorm. Thereafter, then-Commissioner Bud Selig stated that all World Series games must be a full nine innings.
“I wasn’t going to let that happen,” Selig told the Associated Press when asked about the possibility of a shortened World Series due to rain. “I have to use my judgment. The game would have been in a rain delay until the weather conditions allowed 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 the RBI-single by Pedro Feliz in the seventh inning.