Rain, rain, go away
Why must it rain every single day the Yankees try to play a game? In any event, as I write this at 3:45 p.m., there is a tractor running around where Robinson Cano will be standing to smooth out the infield. Someone is raking the first base line and the mound/plate have already been taken care of. All the signs are there that MLB expects this game to start on time.
Then again… as I continue to earn my meteorological stripes… here is the updated rain info:
As of 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Weather.com was forecasting a 60 percent chance of showers at the scheduled 7:57 p.m. ET first pitch, with temperatures around 63 degrees. The chances of precipitation were to jump to 70 percent before midnight.
The National Weather Service called for showers on Saturday, mainly before 11 p.m., with a low around 47 degrees and a west wind around 9 mph. The chance of precipitation had risen to 90 percent, with new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
AccuWeather.com was reporting that there would be a 52 percent probability of precipitation between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Philadelphia, with temperatures around 62 degrees for the scheduled first pitch. Showers could continue off and on through the middle innings.
“The best chance of heavier rain won’t begin until the late innings or until after the game ends. If the teams go into extra innings, there is a good chance that steadier rain could impact the game,” wrote Accuweather.com’s Eric Reese.