Skies over Kansas City have yet to clear with first pitch of Game 1 of the World Series nearing, but officials believe they'll be able to get the game in.
MLB officials are confident that the Mets and the Royals will start on time, Newsday's David Lenon reported. The heaviest rain is already supposed to be through the area, Lennon said.
The Mets and Royals are just about set to battle for each franchise's first championship since the mid-1980s.Entering Tuesday, there was a 90 percent chance of rain in Kansas City for first pitch, according to weather.com. As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, there was a 45 percent chance of rain with a forecast for showers at 8:15 p.m.
The weather was bad enough that TV feeds at Kauffman Stadium cut out Tuesday afternoon, Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez told Mike Francesa on WFAN.
On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was hopeful the game could be played as scheduled.
"My understanding of the forecast is that we have a challenge early in the day," Manfred said Monday. "We're hopeful that by game time that we'll be able to play. That's our current view.''
Manfred also 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."