Month: October 2017

Feeling a bit cooler today

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What a difference a week makes.

Tonight, when the Dodgers and Astros run on to the field for Game 6 of the World Series, temperatures at the ballpark are expected to be around 67 degrees and stay in the high to mid-60s throughout the game, even if the contest flows deep into the night as Game 5 did in Houston two nights ago.

That’s a 36-degree difference from the series opener Oct. 24, when first pitch temps rose to 103 on the thermometer, establishing a new record for the warmest game in the history of the Fall Classic.

Will the temperature change make a difference in the action on the field? Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner thinks so.

“I will say that you might see a little bit different game here tomorrow night, a little bit different weather,” Turner said Monday. “It’s going to be a lot cooler here than it was for the first two games, and it might be a different ballgame than you’ve seen in the first five games.”

Houston leads the series, 3-2, and can clinch its first World Series title with a win tonight. Justin Verlander starts for the ‘Stros, while Rich Hill takes the mound for L.A.

If the Dodgers win tonight and force a Game 7 Wednesday night in their ballpark, you can expect more of the same weather-wise.

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There’s not much time for writing The Rainout Blog these days – maybe soon – but I did want to make a quick post to 1) Note how hot it was in Los Angeles for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night, and 2) Bump the previous post from the top spot. No one wants to see a black and white photo from the 1918 at the top of the blog, right?

The game-time temperature was 103 degrees when Clayton Kershaw threw the Fall Classic’s first pitch at about 5:08 p.m. L.A. time, and it’s going to be toasty again tonight for Game 2. I wish I had more time to write about Kershaw’s thoughts on pitching in such extreme temps or that Justin Turner thinks his game-deciding homer would not have left the park on a cooler evening. Maybe I’ll get to all of that at a later time.

Enjoy the Series everyone. I’m hoping it goes seven games, but I’m picking the Dodgers in 6.