With the possibility that Wednesday's ALCS Game 4 between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees is a rainout, Major League Baseball is considering moving a potential NLCS Game 5 between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals to that night, sources said. The NLCS game is currently scheduled to start at 4:08 p.m. ET, but on days there is only one game, MLB prefers to have the game in prime time.
If the rainout occurs, the Yankees and Astros -- who play Game 3 on Tuesday in New York with the series tied at 1-1 -- would be rescheduled to play Games 4 and 5 on Thursday and Friday in New York, before returning to Houston for a potential Game 6 on Saturday.
Sources said MLB would likely announce any change in an NLCS Game 5 prior to Wednesday, giving the teams and fans time to adjust. The Nationals lead the series 3-0 after beating the Cardinals 8-1 on Monday night, so that series could be over as soon as Tuesday night.
If the Yankees and Astros are delayed a day, it could affect pitching plans for both teams. The Astros could bring back Zack Greinke for Game 4 on regular rest, and the Yankees -- who are planning a bullpen day for Game 4 -- could instead go back to Masahiro Tanaka on regular rest.
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