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Rain delays Phillies-Astros game, postpones Game 3 of the World Series, and alters the Fall Classic’s schedule for 2022.

The 2022 World Series will not resume until the next day for the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies. Just before first pitch on Monday evening, MLB announced that Game 3 of the Fall Classic had been postponed due to rain. The rest of the series will be delayed by one day, and it will now be played on Tuesday. There will still be a travel day off between Game 5 on Thursday and, if required, Game 6 on Friday.

Here is the most recent World Series schedule for 2022:

Monday, October 31: Rescheduled
On Tuesday, November 1, Game 3 will begin in Philadelphia at 8:03 p.m.
Game 4 will begin on November 2 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.
Game 5 will begin on November 3 at 8:03 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.
Nov. 4 is a holiday.
Game 6 will begin on November 5 at 8:03 PM ET in Houston (if necessary)
Sunday, November 6, 8:03 p.m. ET, Houston, Game 7. (if necessary)
The Fall Classic was postponed on Monday for the first time since Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.

Around 6 o’clock, light rain began to pour at Citizens Bank Park. ET and will pick up steam about 9:00 p.m. ET and last till Tuesday morning. The Astros and Phillies could probably start Game 3 as scheduled right now, but as the rain picks up later in the evening, they would have to stop, and the game would probably be called off. In the postseason, MLB determines all weather-related decisions, and the league likes to play a full nine innings whenever it’s feasible.

Ranger Suárez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) and Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) of the Phillies will start the World Series when it finally resumes on Tuesday.

Coincidentally, the MLB’s most notorious World Series weather dilemma occurred in Philadelphia. Rain forced the suspension of Game 5 of the 2008 World Series in the sixth inning. The teams were forced to play through a deluge as the Rays tied the score at 2-2 in the previous half-inning. Following that, then-commissioner Bud Selig ruled that every World Series game would be nine innings long.

When asked about the likelihood of a rain-shortened World Series, Selig told the Associated Press, “I was not going to allow that to happen.” The game would have been postponed due to rain until the weather permitted us to continue, which might have been for 24 or 48 hours, depending on the circumstances.

The following day, Game 5 was played, and Pedro Feliz’s RBI single in the seventh inning gave the Phillies the victory they needed to win their first World Series title since 1980.

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