NEW YORK -- The weather powers-that-be have already swung and missed in a big way this postseason at Yankee Stadium, forecasting unplayable conditions for a game that eventually went 13 innings.
If lightning could not strike twice for tonight's Game 6 of the American League Championship Series in the Bronx, both the Yankees and the Angels would be very pleased.
As of 11 a.m. ET, Weather.com was forecasting rain and thunder in the Bronx, with an 80 percent chance of precipitation at the scheduled 7:57 p.m. ET first pitch and temperatures near 64 degrees, with precipitation continuing overnight.
The National Weather Service called for rain and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, with some storms producing gusty winds and heavy rain. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent, with a low near 55 degrees and new rainfall amounts as much as one inch.
AccuWeather.com was predicting heavy rain and a thunderstorm in the evening for Game 6, with potential flooding in the Yankee Stadium area and a low near 54 degrees.
Weather played a large role in Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS, both won by the Yankees in cold and raw conditions that made it somewhat uncomfortable for players, who wore earflaps on their caps and face masks.
But the Yankees opened the gates on time to fans for both contests, and the rain, more prevalent in the late innings of the 13-inning Game 2, never made the field unplayable.
The scheduled Game 6 starting pitchers are Joe Saunders for the Angels and Andy Pettitte for the Yankees. Manager Joe Girardi said that if there is a postponement, he would stay with Pettitte for Game 6, setting up CC Sabathia to pitch a potential Game 7 of the ALCS or Game 1 of the World Series.
"The last two games we played here were supposed to be canceled and ... we didn't get a drop of rain," Pettitte said. "I figure we're going to play it."
In the event of a postponement, Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said the tickets for ALCS games are honored when that game is played. For example, if Game 6 were to not be played on today, those tickets would be accepted at Yankee Stadium gates on the Game 6 rescheduled date.
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