The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will have to wait one more day to resume the 2022 World Series. Game 3 of the Fall Classic has been postponed due to rain, MLB announced Monday night about an hour before the first pitch. It will instead be played on Tuesday, and the rest of the series will be pushed back a day. There will always be a day off to travel between Game 5 on Thursday and, if necessary, Game 6 on Friday.
Here is the updated schedule for the 2022 World Series:
- Monday, October 31: Postponed
- 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, November 3: 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 needed)
- Sunday, November 6: Game 7 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Houston (if needed)
Monday’s postponement is the first of the Fall Classic since Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.
Light rain began falling in Citizens Bank Park around 6 p.m. ET and will increase in intensity around 9 p.m. ET and continue through Tuesday morning. Current conditions suggest the Astros and Phillies could start Game 3 as planned, but once the rain intensifies 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 playoffs, and the league prefers to play nine uninterrupted innings whenever possible.
When the World Series finally resumes on Tuesday, Phillies left-hander Ranger Suárez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) are expected to be the starting pitchers.
Coincidentally, Philadelphia was the site of the most infamous weather dilemma in the MLB World Series. Game 5 of the 2008 World Series was suspended due to rain in the sixth inning. The Rays tied the game 2-2 in the previous half as the clubs played in a downpour. Afterwards, then-commissioner Bud Selig declared that all World Series games had to be nine full innings.
“I wasn’t going to allow that to happen” Selig told The Associated Press when asked about the possibility of a rain-shortened World Series. “I have to use my judgement. The game would have been delayed by rain until the weather allowed us to continue. And it could have been 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 RBI single in the seventh inning.