Hurricane Ian Forces Phillies Schedule Change for Crucial Stretch
The Phillies are limping down the stretch, with playoff hopes still alive. However, their odds may be greatly affected by something else: the weather. With the Phillies set to play in Washington, D.C. this weekend as remnants of Hurricane Ian approach, the Phillies had to change their schedule.
Originally, the Phillies were set to play Friday evening at 7:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m. Saturday (to make up a missed game due to the lockout), 7:05 p.m. Saturday, and then 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
Instead, the Phillies will play the doubleheader Friday. They'll play one game at 1:05 p.m. and another at 7:05 p.m. But after that, there could be some weather-related changes.
Saturday's game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. If they are able to play it ahead of the rain, they will. Sunday's game remains scheduled at 1:35 p.m. There could be two games played Sunday if weather allows.
If the Phillies are unable to play more than Friday's games, the possibility exists that there be a doubleheader on Thursday, October 6, if necessary.
With a magic number of 7, the Phillies need a combination of seven Phillies wins and/or Brewers losses in order to end their playoff drought. Should the Phillies miss the playoffs and the Seattle Mariners make the playoffs as expected, the Phillies will be the team that has gone the longest without appearing the playoffs.