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Still no word on whether Game 6 will be postponed

Oct 26, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

Rain Busch

UPDATE II:  It’s postponed. Here’s our updated post.

UPDATE: Well, we’re an hour past the time the Cardinals and Major League Baseball were supposed to meet to determine if tonight’s game will be postponed and there’s still no word.  Some people looking at the radar — amateurs, natch — think the rain will swing south of the ballpark and that the game may be saved, but there’s no sense of how much caution the league will exercise in the scheduling of its possible last game of the year.

Further updates as soon as we hear.

10:05 AM: As Aaron noted yesterday, the forecast for Game 6 is atrocious. There’s a great chance of sustained rain and all of that. At the same time, Thursday and Friday look pretty good. Seems like a perfect recipe for banging tonight’s game and doing Game 6 tomorrow.

That decision will be made at 1PM today, tweets Tim McKernan of the morning show at KFNS in St. Louis.  It comes straight from the mouth of Cards’ GM John Mozeliak, who has a meeting with MLB officials at that time (presumably 1PM Central).

Having such a great series decided by long rain delays and weather-inspired pitching changes and weirdness like that would be a shame. Given the good forecast for the next two days, it makes total sense to kick things a day.  I hope that’s what they do.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Playing with intermitant rain delays……..Now the Cards bullpen phone would BLOW UP!

    • philiplewis1 - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      I think it works the other way. The Rangers would have Derek Holland available on full rest for a Game 7. Carpenter would have to go on short rest plus the Rangers just won the last game he pitched anyway. He probably won’t have calmed down yet by then anyway from his tirade against Napoli. Having Holland available and giving Hamilton an extra day on his injury appears to help the Rangers more than the Cardinals. Not to mention the Cardinals have to listen to another day of media blitz as to all the mistakes they made in Game 5.

      The Rangers beat the Tigers in a similar situation after a postponed game.

  2. veryindifferent - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Naturally you think it is a good idea. You have been to St Louis, so you are glad that would give them a viable starter for Game 7 if it makes it that far.

    • themightyquinn1 - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      Spahn and Sain and pray for rain.

      • natstowngreg - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:18 PM

        In this case, Spahn = Chris Carpenter. Sain would be Adam Wainwright, but Jaime Garcia will have to do.

  3. stew48 - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Hey Craig,

    Weird and foul weather have been part of baseball a long time. It still should be a game-time decision by umpires or whoever is responsible. Certainly, not at 1PM.

  4. skane2005 - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Having had to deal with this as a Phillies fan back in 2008, I can sympathize a bit. It was absurd how they handled that situation. You would not want a similar situation again.
    That said, it really benefits the Cardinals pitching staff in terms of rest to just cancel it now without waiting till a more “reliable” foreacast is available near game time.

  5. polegojim - Oct 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Agree with game time decision, but call it if it looks ugly. Don’t want a WS game impacted heavily by bad weather.

  6. cur68 - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    I hope it’s rained out. I have my weekly beer & wing fest tonight with the boys. Most of them hate baseball and will petition the comely lass that serves us brews and cleavage to switch to the hockey. This way, we all get what we want and I get to watch the game tomorrow. The game plus the live chat on Thursday, and its a no – brainer. Make it rain today on St. Louis, make it rain like the blazes, Aquaman.

  7. joeyt22 - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Of course the cardinals want to postpone the game….carpenter can pitch game 7 on Friday with the full 5 days rest.

    • tophermike - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      carp pitched monday, so game 7 friday still means carp on short rest (3 days)

    • philiplewis1 - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:12 PM

      You’re both wrong it’s 4 days (Monday to Friday) but still short rest

      • tophermike - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:58 PM

        monday to friday IS 4 days, genius… but tuesday – wednesday – thursday are the only rest days there, hence THREE days rest

      • andymels - Oct 26, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        You are correct philiplewis1. Monday to Friday is considered 4 days rest, even though it may be something short of 4 entire days (spanning from the time a pitcher completed or was pulled from the game and any difference in game times).

        Although a pitcher may pitch on Monday and Friday, there is still some rest time (Monday late, Friday early) on those days.

      • andymels - Oct 26, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        just kidding- it’s 3 days rest

  8. materialman80 - Oct 26, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Cancel the game and play with decent weather.

  9. Loren - Oct 26, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Craig,
    Please only use the phrase “bang this game” and it’s derivatives in openly mocking tones from here on out.
    Thanks.

    • chrisdtx - Oct 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      I had never heard the term “bang this game” or its derivatives until these playoffs. Did I miss the boat on this phrase? Has it been used for a while? Just curious…

      • Loren - Oct 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM

        I’d never heard it before these playoffs either. If it isn’t new then it’s probably been an insider thing like “the show” was before Bull Durham.

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