Memorial Day Weekend is always one of the biggest around Major League Baseball, but rain could put a major damper on Friday's action with potential weather postponements in six games: Reds-Cubs, Rockies-Pirates, Brewers-Nationals, Braves-Mets, Marlins-Red Sox and Blue Jays-Indians. There is a major storm front sitting over the Midwest as of this writing and moving east. (I'm not a meteorologist but stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.)
Reds-Cubs is the lone matinee of Friday and scheduled to start at 2:20 p.m. ET from Wrigley Field, but that start time probably is a pipe dream. The forecast for Chicago during the day is highs of just 52 degrees (on May 28!?) with a 70 percent chance of rain and winds that could occasionally gust over 40 mph. Things are looking drier later in the day but colder and perhaps even windier.
Weather/wind also looks to be a factor in Yankees-Tigers and Orioles-White Sox, but those should be played. Because the White Sox game is at night instead of the afternoon, that should be in the clear (although as noted above quite chilly and windy) as opposed to the Reds-Cubs matinee.
Here are the "night" forecasts for the other potentially affected games via weather.com, all evening/night starts.
- Colorado at Pittsburgh: Rain likely. Low around 50F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
- Milwaukee at Washington: Rain likely. Low 54F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
- Atlanta at NY Mets: Periods of rain. Low 49F. Winds NE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 100%. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected.
- Miami at Boston: Rain. Low 47F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 100%. 1 to 2 inches of rain expected. (This looks like it has not shot of being played)
- Toronto at Cleveland: Windy with periods of light rain and showers. Low near 50F. Winds NE at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Rather unusually, two teams aren't playing on Friday: Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. They open a two-game set in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday.
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