KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NEWS10) – The story of the day to kick off the World Series is the weather.
Many are wondering if the game will be rained out, but Major League Baseball has assured both teams they’re optimistic the game will go on.
Local meteorologists predict gentle rain will fall through the tailgating hours, and there’s a 30 percent chance of rain for opening pitch. The tarp was placed on the field, and batting practices were affected. Neither team was able to take any swings at the plate.
If the rain continues, it could have a significant impact on Game One of the World Series. The New York Mets are back in the fall classic for the first time in 15 years.
The last time the Mets won was in 1986. The Kansas City Royals won the championship the year before in 1985.
However, Kansas is the more experienced team. The Royals were in the same position last year. They lost in Game Seven to the San Francisco Giants with the tying run on third base.
The game will show how experience plays a part in the series. One of the Mets veteran players, Daniel Murphy, has come alive from the plate in the postseason.
The Mets are built around pitching, but some clutch hitting in the playoffs helped the team advance to where they are now. Murphy’s been batting a .421 from the plate and broke the record for consecutive games with a home run – six straight games with a shot over the wall.
The worst thing for a hitter in the zone is to break the momentum. Murphy and the Mets have had five days off since sweeping the Chicago Cubs, but Murphy said he’s not worried about the rest.
“You know, we played Washington on a Sunday, we opened up in LA on a Friday, so hopefully, we can lean on the experience of the layoff we had there here for this series, too,” he said. “So it’s not the first time we’ve done it, and hopefully, we can use the experience we already had with the layoff to help us with this series.
Opening pitch for the game is set for 8:07 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The rain might throw a wrench in the plan.