ST. LOUIS -- The skies are darkening in the shadow of the Gateway Arch and it's starting to rain again. The rain is supposed to pick up in the 6 p.m. range, an hour before Game Six of the World Series was supposed to start.
So the prudent call has been made to postpone the game between the Cardinals and Rangers. It will now be played Thursday at 8:05 Eastern, moving Game Seven back to Friday, also at 8:05.
MLB officials watched the rain cause chaos with pitching during the division series between the Tigers and Yankees, and again in the ALCS between the Tigers and Rangers. And especially since we're in a potential clinching situation, no one wanted to deal with a rain-delayed -- or perhaps suspended game (think Phillies-Rays, 2008) -- and cause trouble with starting pitchers. Texas manager Ron Washington even said yesterday he would prefer an early call on a postponement rather than a start-and-stop special.
MLB has issued a statement which reads in part: "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 to allow fans enough time to plan accordingly."
It's supposed to be cold here the next two nights, with lows potentially dipping into the 30s. But the rain chance is no higher than 10 percent. The positive forecast clearly gave MLB more impetus to call for an early bang tonight.