Getting ready for Game 3 in Philadelphia.
The lead in the World Series is at stake as the Astros and Phillies play Game 3 at 7:03 p.m. today at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia with the teams tied 1-1.
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5:58 p.m.: Game 3 has been rained out. The series will push back a day. Games 3-4-5 in Philadelphia will now be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. After a travel day Friday, potential Games 6 and 7 will be in Houston on Saturday and Sunday. — Reid Laymance
5 p.m.: After talking about the rain for most of the day here in Philadelphia, the rain is finally here. With a tarp covering the infield, rain is coming down pretty steady about two hours before scheduled first pitch. MLB is scheduled to meet with teams to discuss the possibility of a postponement in about 45 minutes. — Matt Young
4:53 p.m.: As Astros and Phillies fans watch the weather, many Houston parents are planning out their strategies for getting trick or treating and World Series viewing done in the same evening.
This viral video sums it up:
Someone said this is how Astros fans are gonna Trick or Treat tonight. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/xBBhKGO83l
4:51 p.m.: If Game 3 is postponed until Tuesday, Lance McCullers Jr. will still start, manager Dusty Baker said. Baker said the team is undecided on what it would do for Game 4 on Wednesday, but acknowledged that ace Justin Verlander is a possibility. Verlander would be on regular rest Wednesday. Cristian Javier was expected to be the Game 4 starter if there’s no weather delays. “We’re considering it,” Baker said of possibly starting Verlander in Game 4 if things are delayed. “Also considering: Would the extra day’s rest do him well, too?” — Chandler Rome
4:39 p.m.: Will there be a Game 3 on Halloween?
But Phillies fans are ready if there is one.
They streamed through the gates when the ballpark officially opened, with some fans running to grab standing-room only spots.
The team merchandise store quickly filled up and a line soon stretched outside.
Scarfs, along with red towels, were handed out to everyone who had a ticket for Game 3. — Brian T. Smith
4:25 p.m.: Major League Baseball has delayed making a final determination on tonight’s game until 6:45 p.m. (EST). MLB met with both teams at 5 p.m. (EST) to discuss the weather, and now will meet again. — Danielle Lerner
Representatives of MLB and both Clubs met with the forecasters at 5:00 p.m. (ET). The forecast continues to call for rain this evening. The next meeting will occur at 6:45 p.m. (ET). #WorldSeries
4:10 p.m.: About an three hours before the scheduled first pitch of Game 3, the Citizens Bank Park grounds crew covered the infield with a tarp. The Astros and Phillies both went through pregame workouts and there’s no rain yet, but it is approaching. — Matt Young
4:08 p.m.: David Hensley’s first postseason start will be in the World Series. He took two pinch-hit plate appearances in the American League Division Series against Seattle, drawing a hit-by-pitch in the ninth inning of Game 1 and grounding out to strand a runner on second base in the seventh inning of Game 2. — Danielle Lerner
4:01 p.m.: To solve his team’s doldrums at designated hitter, manager Dusty Baker turned to rookie David Hensley in Game 3. Hensley, a 26th round draft pick who made his major league debut in September, is scheduled to bat seventh against Phillies starter Noah Syndergaard. Astros designated hitters are 3-for-34 this postseason — and two of those hits are courtesy of Yordan Alvarez. — Chandler Rome
Jose Altuve 2B
Jeremy Peña SS
Yordan Alvarez LF
Alex Bregman 3B
Kyle Tucker RF
Yuli Gurriel 1B
David Hensley DH
Chas McCormick CF
Martín Maldonado C
Lance McCullers Jr. RHP
3:44 p.m.: The Phillies have some experience playing through rain at Citizens Bank Park. They eliminated the Padres in Game 5 of the NLCS on a day full of drizzle. Both teams’ pitchers had trouble gripping the baseball in that game, and Phillies manager Rob Thomson said he thinks Major League Baseball will not want a repeat of that scenario. “I think they’re going to be pretty careful with that,” Thomson said. — Matt Young
3:42 p.m.: We’re all here just waiting for a weather update, even Phillies manager Rob Thomson. “What I look at on the radar, it looks like it’s going to rain later on tonight,” Thomson said in his pregame press conference. Thomson also said he hasn’t made any decisions on what he’ll do with his pitching staff if there’s no game tonight. — Matt Young
3:15 p.m.: Major League Baseball said it is evaluating the weather forecast and will release another update after a 5 p.m. ET meeting. — Danielle Lerner.
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Chandler Rome joined the Houston Chronicle in 2018 to cover the Astros after spending one year in Tuscaloosa covering Alabama football – during which Nick Saban asked if he attended college. He did, at LSU, where he covered the Tigers baseball team for nearly four years. He covered most of the Astros’ 2015 playoff run, too, as an intern for MLB.com
Danielle Lerner covers the Rockets, Astros and a variety of sports for the Houston Chronicle. She previously covered college basketball for The Daily Memphian, The Athletic and the Louisville Courier Journal. A true utility player, she has also written about professional soccer, horse racing, college football and college baseball. Her work has been honored by APSE and SPJ. A native Californian, Lerner spends her free time being active outdoors and exploring Houston’s taco scene.
Brian T. Smith has been a sports columnist for the Houston Chronicle since 2015 and joined the newspaper in 2012. He has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, Pro Football Writers of America and Pro Basketball Writers Association in a variety of categories. Smith was a Texans beat writer for the Chronicle from 2013-15 and an Astros beat writer from 2012-13. The New Orleans-area native previously covered the NBA’s Utah Jazz (The Salt Lake Tribune) and Portland Trail Blazers (The Columbian), among other beats. He is the author of the book “Liftoff.”
Matt Young is a trending sports reporter at the Houston Chronicle.
Matt has been a sports editor/writer at the Chronicle since 2015. He’s proudly from Alief and occasionally sits alone in his four-cornered room staring at candles. Reach him at [email protected]
Greg Rajan is the senior editor for Texas Sports Nation, the Houston Chronicle’s sports website, and also curates the daily TXSN newsletter and writes about sports media. He joined the Chronicle in January 2015 as the online sports editor. He previously worked as the sports editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. He led that sports section to three Associated Press Sports Editors top-10 national awards and his work has been honored by APSE and the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. He also has worked at the Austin American-Statesman and Temple Daily Telegram.
He is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University and Bowie High School in Austin.
Employed by the Houston Chronicle since 1993, Steve Schaeffer is presently the Assistant Sports Editor and oversees Astros coverage. He has won numerous awards for his headline writing.
A native Oklahoman and University of Arkansas graduate, Steve had previous newspaper stints at the Houston Post and Tulsa World and for two years was the sports director for KBRS, a now-defunct radio station in Springdale, Ark.
Sports editor Reid Laymance is in his second tour of duty with the Houston Chronicle. A graduate of Westbury High School and The University of Texas at Austin, Laymance started his career at The Dallas Morning News in 1983 before moving to the National Sports Daily.
Reid came to the Houston Chronicle in 1991 and helped oversee the paper’s coverage of the Rockets’ back-to-back championships. He left the Houston Chronicle to be sports editor at the San Jose Mercury News then moved to the Boston Globe as a senior assistant sports editor, where he coordinated coverage for the Red Sox’s World Series wins in 2004 and 2007, as well as a seemingly endless series of Patriots Super Bowl victories. From Boston, Laymance went to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as sports editor and another World Series win (Cardinals, 2011) before returning to his Houston roots.
Getting ready for Game 3 in Philadelphia.