KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rain is in the forecast for Tuesday night's Game 1 of the World Series between the Mets and Royals. Major League Baseball hopes the game can be played on time and without interruption. But with a 60 percent chance of showers at game time, MLB is not 100 percent sure.
"My understanding of the forecast is that we have a challenge early in the day," commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday. "We're hopeful that by game time that we'll be able to play. That's our current view.''
The forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain with thunder during the day, according to weather.com, which predicts "periods of rain."
First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. New York time. According to weather.com, the chance of rain drops to 60 percent in the evening.
Manfred said it is important to avoid a situation in which "we start at 8:07 and get rained out at 8:12 and burn two starting pitchers . . . I think that I would be reluctant to begin a game or even more reluctant to begin the warm-up process if I didn't think we could play a substantial portion of that game."
If Game 1 is rained out, it will be played Wednesday night. Game 2 would then be moved to Thursday night, the travel day would be eliminated and the Mets and Royals would play four days in a row (five if neither team sweeps and Game 5 is needed).
Games 3-5 are scheduled for Friday-Sunday at Citi Field. There are no other rainy days on the forecast for the rest of the series until a possible Game 7 in Kansas City on Nov. 4.