Philadelphia: For the first time since 2011 MLB chose to postpone a World Series game. The Astros and Phillies are tied up a game a piece in their best of seven, Game 3 was set to be played in Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park last night, but with rain expected for most of the evening , Major League Baseball decided it was best to push everything back a day.
MLB has left Friday as an off day for travel. With the next three set to be played in the city of Brotherly Cheese Streaks the series could end in Philadelphia, but if the Astros win at least one game in Philly, the series will move back to Houston with Game 6 now being set for Saturday and a potential Game 7 for Sunday.
The rainout helps the Phillies. They just don't have the arm depth that Houston has. Keeping the off day on Friday gives the Phillies a needed day to rest what arms they do have and Ranger Suárez, who threw in relief in Game 1, can start tonight's Game 3. And Aaron Nola can pitch tomorrow on regular rest. Where does this leave Noah Syndergaard ? I don't know. He could come out of the pen tonight or start game five. That would give Zack Wheeler an extra day of rest before going in game six. Leaving it a coin flip on who starts game seven and who came in relief on Sunday Suárez or Nola.
The push back will let Phillies Manager Rob Thomson lean on José Alvarado, Seranthony Domínguez, Zach Eflin, and possibly Syndergaard. This is a huge plus for Philadelphia. None of what's happened over the delay has hurt the Astros but it has helped the Phillies a lot.
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