10/28/08 6:05 PM ET
Both teams unaccustomed to cold
Rays, Phillies in handful of chilly games, but early in the season
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
That is the prediction for the eventual resumption of Game 5 of the World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park.And, although the Phillies do make their home in the climate-challenged Northeast, neither team has a lot of recent experience coping with the elements.
|The Rays and Phillies played a number of games in cold weather (50 degrees or less) in 2008.|
One thing is certain: If forecasts of temperatures in the low 40s Wednesday night at 8:37 p.m. ET for the first pitch (actually, the 188th pitch of the suspended game) are accurate, it will be the coldest in which either team has played this year.When playing in temperatures of 50 or below, the hot-weather Rays are 1-5. Since a 13-4 victory in Yankee Stadium in their first game under those conditions, the Rays have been outscored 34-11 in five straight losses -- the most recent on May 4. The Phillies have won four consecutive chilled games since a 1-0 loss to Washington in Citizens Bank Park on April 2.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.