ST. LOUIS -- The skies will clear, presumably, and Game 6 of the World Series will be played, belatedly.Somehow, some way, it won't play out Thursday exactly the way it would have on Wednesday. Some element of the conditions -- be it the direction of the wind, the noise of the crowd, the pace of the proceedings or the even the effects of the pregame spread -- will be just different enough to affect what happens on the field, in some fashion. To what degree will the fates change, and whom will they benefit? Well, you'd have better luck predicting the weather than you would predicting this sort of thing, but that didn't prevent the question from hanging in the air following Wednesday's announcement about the Game 6 postponement. "I don't think it favors anybody," said Michael Young, whose Rangers hold the 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Series. "Both teams are going to be ready."
Perhaps Young's synopsis of the situation is true. But the outlook, at least, is undoubtedly different, should this Fall Classic go the distance. As a result of the rain and the extra day of rest, both Ron Washington and Tony La Russa will have stacked bullpens and their ace starters at their disposal. Both C.J. Wilson and Chris Carpenter would be available in a Game 7 on three days' rest. Washington has made it clear he will stick with Matt Harrison, who gave up five runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings in Game 3, as his Game 7 starter, should the Series reach that point.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.