The weather forecast for the New York area today and tonight is terrible:
Rain likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 2am, then rain likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 50. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 23 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
And so, with several hours to spare before the ALCS was supposed to resume at Yankee Stadium, MLB made the right decision for Game 4 between the Yankees and Astros:
ALCS Game 4 has been postponed.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) October 16, 2019
Game 4, which was to have been played at 7 p.m. CT tonight, will instead be at 7 p.m. CT tomorrow, Thursday. Game 5 will take place at Yankee Stadium Friday at 6 p.m. CT (an hour earlier than usual) and if necessary, Games 6 and 7 will be Saturday and Sunday in Houston. The teams simply lose their travel day, if they need it.
Here’s what’s most interesting about the rescheduling:
THREAD (1/x)— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 16, 2019
Game 4 of the ALCS has been postponed. The fallout is going to be awfully interesting.
What's certain: Masahiro Tanaka and Zack Greinke will pitch on full rest in Game 4. Certainly helps the Yankees.
Less certain: When do both teams deploy their bullpen game?
That’s a good question. Since there won’t be a baseball game today as a result, and the pitching matchups will be different for the remainder of the ALCS, feel free to use this post to discuss, and also how that might affect these teams’ World Series matchup against the Nationals.