Update at 6:35 p.m.: Game 4 has been postponed to Wednesday afternoon, scheduled for a 4:08 p.m. first pitch.
WASHINGTON — As of the time of this publication, the Washington Nationals are in a rainless rain delay in Chicago, waiting for the all-clear from MLB before starting a do-or-die Game 4 vs. the Cubs.
Irony can be so cruel.
Nats general manager Mike Rizzo took flak on a number of occasions this summer for being cautious with starting games that were almost certain to be interrupted by rain.
Now, with the stakes higher than ever and the Nats facing elimination on the road, they are put in the uncomfortable position of waiting for a rainstorm that has yet to materialize.
Team officials from the Nats and Cubs were scheduled to have a 5:30 meeting to discuss possibilities. Afterwards, it was announced that they would reconvene at 6 p.m.
According to Washington Post beat reporter Chelsea Janes, the tarp has been placed on the field before any rain fell. She also noted:
If rain is expected to move through early, it’s possible that the game could still take place on Tuesday.
If not, the makeup day would be Wednesday, possibly in the afternoon to avoid conflict with the Yankees-Indians Game 5.
Given the circumstances of the playoffs, no rain-shortened results are acceptable in the playoffs. Each game must be played through to completion.
On Monday evening, the Red Sox’s season ended at home under rainy Boston skies. Even in situations where teams might normally stop for a rain delay, the preference is for games to play through, uninterrupted.
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