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The Giants and Cardinals were going about their business as usual on Wednesday, with weather threatening to affect Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.
“That’s a part of being in the Midwest,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “We get this quite a bit. We understand that these guys do a good job of forecasting, but you never know for sure.
“The guys are coming in and getting prepared for the game and we’ll make adjustments as they come. But right now there’s obviously some weather in the forecast, but we’ll just wait and see. We know it’s in the hands of the Commissioner’s Office, and [we’ll] see what they decide to do with it. … We’re always thinking about possibilities, but right now not going too far down the road.”
The National Weather Service was predicting occasional showers and thunderstorms between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. CT. The Cardinals were warming up in the outfield as scheduled by 11:45 a.m. CT, and Kyle Lohse’s first pitch was set for just after 3 p.m. CT on FOX. Matt Cain was scheduled to start for the Giants.
Both managers wanted to avoid the situation the Tigers found themselves in twice during the 2011 postseason. Game 1 of the Tigers’ American League Division Series against the Yankees was suspended in the bottom of the second inning, pushing ace Justin Verlander to Game 3 and eliminating him as an option for a Game 5.
The rain followed Verlander to Game 1 of the subsequent AL Championship Series, twice interrupting his start. He returned after one delay, but not after a second, and the Rangers beat the Tigers, 3-2.
Representatives from Major League Baseball control weather-related decisions during the postseason, and because of a rule instituted after the rainy 2008 World Series between the Phillies and Rays, the regular-season rules regarding suspended games no longer apply. That rule now states that when postseason games are suspended, they will resume at the point of termination — no matter the score or inning — and be played to conclusion.
That rule was invoked for the first time last year.
Weather in this NLCS would bump the schedule back and eliminate a travel day on Saturday, if a Game 6 is necessary on Sunday in San Francisco.
“They’d like to get the game in,” Matheny said. “If you push this [portion of the NLCS schedule] back until Saturday, then you’ve got quite a few different issues that seem to get pretty complex.”