The Fall Classic begins Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. EDT in St. Louis, Mo., as the Texas Rangers take on the St. Louis Cardinals. What kind of weather can fans and players expect?
Major League Baseball made a conscious effort to play the World Series this year a little earlier than past seasons to avoid cold and potentially wet weather. This will be the first time since 2008 that the series won't go into early November.
This year's Fall Classic features two teams with a lot of offense and decent pitching. The St. Louis Cardinals who might be playing their final series with Albert Pujols versus the power hitting Texas Rangers.
This series is setting up to be a slugfest as both teams ranked in the top 5 in terms of runs scored during the 2011 season.
Whoever wins will end up being the team whose pitching can stand up to the onslaught of offense. Both teams have been nearly identical in terms of pitching stats this postseason and trust me, they aren't the greatest of stats.
The moral of this story is we should expect an offense-laden World Series which should probably go six or seven games overall.
We know how the teams tend to perform, so what kind of weather should they expect and could it have impacts on the hitting or pitching? St. Louis will be on the outer fringes of a strong low pressure system that will pound the Great Lakes with heavy rain and powerful winds today into Thursday.
A chilly and blustery night will be in store for the St. Louis region with the chance for a couple of showers.
Blustery, northerly winds will certainly be the biggest factor along with the chilly temperatures forecast. Temperatures at first pitch will be around 45 degrees, and with wind gusts of 25-30 mph, it will feel like it's in the middle 30s.
Busch Stadium is orientated where centerfield lies in a northeast direction. Therefore, northwesterly winds will blow across the stadium from left to right. This could favor left-handed hitters as balls traveling to right field will have a little extra wind behind them. It could also wreak havoc on outfielders trying to field fly balls.
Looking at that, game one could end up being a high-scoring affair with the gusty winds blowing from let to right field. But it's October and playoff baseball, so anything can happen!
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