Due to inclement weather, the Phillies’ World Series Game 3 is now Tuesday.
It was looking more and more likely by the hour. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has announced that World Series Game 3 between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros has been postponed, as rain through the rest of the night made the game impossible to be played.
Fans with tickets for Monday night will have to wait 24 more hours to experience Citizens Bank Park’s first World Series game in more than a decade.
The good news is that clear weather is expected in the City of Brotherly Love for the following three days. There should not be any postponements for the rest of the series, as the Astros have a retractable roof if the series were to go back to Minute Maid Park.
Ranger Suarez will now start Game 3 instead of the former probable pitcher Noah Syndergaard. “Thor” was not expected to go deep into the game, but Suarez is undoubtedly a better option. Ranger has pitched to a spectacular 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 postseason innings, even getting some big outs relief during the Phillies’ Game 1 win versus the Astros.
Syndergaard is instead slated to start Game 5, preceded by Aaron Nola in Game 4. Game 2 starter Zack Wheeler will receive an extra day of rest and would start Game 6, if necessary.
Suarez was supposed to originally start Game 3 for Philadelphia, but manager Rob Thomson figured it was more important for them to win Game 1 and use the lefty arm then.
Because of the postponement of today’s matchup, the Phillies pitching staff will get extra rest. Lance McCullers Jr. will still toe the rubber for the rescheduled game in Philadelphia. Even with the game being pushed back a day, expect Citizens Bank Park to be a packed house come Tuesday evening.