KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bad weather and a high possibility of continuing storms in the area has prompted Major League Baseball to postpone Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The schedule gets pushed forward a day, meaning the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals instead will play next on Tuesday night. Game 4 has been re-scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, and Game 5 — if necessary — will be played Thursday afternoon, a day originally reserved for team travel.
"Good news for the restaurant industry in Kansas City," Orioles manager Buck Showalter quipped. He and Royals manager Ned Yost were disappointed that the game was called off, but both also were in a "What are you going to do?" state of mind.
The Royals jumped ahead in the series 2-0 with a pair of victories at Camden Yards this past Friday and Saturday night. The series would return to Baltimore on schedule for Games 6-7, if necessary. Nobody can reliably predict the weather that far into the future, though, so don't even ask.
In an earlier post by the Kansas City Star, the possibility of playing at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night seemed remote:
According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 100 percent chance of rain in the Kansas City area Monday afternoon, with winds gusting to 26 mph and rainfall amounts reaching 1 inch. After the 7:07 p.m. scheduled first pitch, a 90 percent chance of rain is forecast with continued gusts and up to a half-inch of precipitation possible.
Rains in the metro area are expected to cease by Tuesday morning, with the weather clearing up for the rest of the week.
As the Star points out, Game 1 of the ALCS at Camden Yards also was threatened by rain, and the only delay was for TBS not turning off the lights on the set of its pregame show, situated beyond center field.
WHO'S PITCHING IN THIS GAME? If and when Game 3 happens, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen goes for the O's and right-hander Jeremy Guthrie pitches for the Royals. In a funny baseball coincidence, Guthrie would be pitching against his old club — a fact not lost on him.
"I think this is very serendipitous that I leave a franchise that I was a part of for five years and had had a long drought of being in the playoffs, but had a storied history and past, and end up on a team with another rich history, as well, but an even longer drought," Guthrie said.
"To be in the playoffs with Kansas City is very exciting. And then to come back and play against a team that I played with before makes it even that much more interesting and ironic, I think."
Guthrie compiled a 4.12 ERA (above average when adjusted for the league) in 153 starts for Baltimore from 2007-11. He made 32 starts for Kansas City in 2014, posting a 4.13 ERA (a tad below average) but dependable enough for a fourth or fifth starter. He also pitched a strong game in Kansas City's playoff clincher against the White Sox.
Chen posted a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts as another underrated cog in Baltimore's rotation. He said it matters not that the O's trail 2-0 in the series — his job is the same.
"For me, I want to keep it simple," Chen said. "It doesn't matter to me if we're ahead or behind. For me, my job is to go out and pitch a good game. It doesn't change whether it's 0‑2 or 2‑0, I just want to go out and pitch a good game."
Chen posted a 2.16 ERA in two starts against the Royals during the regular season. He allowed a lot of singles, but the O's won both of the games he started.
Guthrie posted a 3.60 ERA against the Orioles in two starts this season, both of which Baltimore won.
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