On deck, weather: Rain, wind leading off in Game 1

October 22, 2011 - 4:49 PM
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Workers remove a tarp from the infield at Busch Stadium before Game 1 of baseball's World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The weather was crummy for a bunch of playoff games this year, so why would the World Series be any different?

Because of some light rain in the late afternoon, there was no batting practice on the field for the Texas Rangers or St. Louis Cardinals before Game 1 on Wednesday night. But the tarp has been removed and it looks as if they will be able to get the game in.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EDT.

It's not going to be pretty. Temperatures were in the 40s at Busch Stadium and winds were gusting up to 27 mph.

Game 2 may not be much better.

When they do get going about an hour from now, it should be an interesting matchup on the mound. Anyone who watched Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter outduel Roy Halladay in Game 5 against the Phillies knows Carpenter can rise to the occasion when the pressure is on.

Let's see about Rangers starter C.J. Wilson. He can be a free agent this fall, but he's probably cost himself a few bucks already this postseason — he's 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA in three outings.

If teams are going to offer him big money this winter, they certainly want to know he can be a big-game guy.