On Sunday, the host Philadelphia Phillies, up 3-1 over the San Diego Padres in the best of seven National League Championship Series, will be hoping for a chance to clinch the eighth pennant in league history. franchise. “Hope” is the key word for Sunday as there is a chance of rain in the forecast for the Philadelphia area.
MLB met with both sides on Sunday morning to discuss current predictions and possible scenarios, and as of now, Game 4 is scheduled to start on time at 2:37 p.m. ET:
Unsurprisingly, Phillies manager Rob Thomson seems to prefer only starting the game if it’s likely they can finish it without delay:
Again, MLB estimates the rain will be “playable,” so unless the forecast changes, both aces should be able to get going fully without weather-related downtime.
According to CBS Philadelphia, “splash” is possible near Citizens Bank Park, but the heaviest bands of rain will likely remain south of the ballpark for the first and middle innings. Things could potentially get tougher later in Game 5 on Sunday starting around 5:00 p.m. local time. According to CBS Philly: “A few showers are possible in the city of Philadelphia; showers are likely on the shore.”
That said, according to at least one current forecast, the best chance of rain in the city will occur during a window that begins around 10:00 p.m. ET, and that would provide plenty of window to complete Game 5.
Any potential postponement is complicated by the fact that the NLCS no longer has any scheduled rest days, even for the cross-country trip leading up to Game 6 scheduled for Monday in San Diego. There are two days off on the schedule between a potential NLCS Game 7 on October 25 and the World Series Game 1 on October 28. Obviously, however, every effort will be made to play Sunday’s Game 5 as scheduled, and at this point writing up the forecast seems to be mostly acceptable for that purpose.