MLB Wednesday Forecast: Gloomy Weather Could Impact Games in Texas, Minnesota
Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.
- Though the Weather Rating is popping off in Texas, so is the chance for bad weather ... potentially very bad.
- Though Minnesota doesn't have a risk of severe storms, widespread rain all day will linger into the evening, making a rainout a possibility.
There are many words that can be used to describe weather: nice, sunny, windy, rainy, crappy, raw, decent and inclement, to name a few. When words like severe, hail and tornado start getting tossed around … that’s not good.
Unfortunately, that’s the situation in Texas tonight. In fact, the next few days could feature some very strong storms anywhere from the midwest, south, to mid-Atlantic so be careful out there.
Highest Weather Ratings
- Angels at Rangers: 78
- Royals at White Sox: 55
Weather Ratings are a proprietary number created by FantasyLabs, which are on a 0-100 scale, with 100 being the best hitting atmosphere and 0 being the best pitching atmosphere. Weather Rating takes into account temperature, wind speed, wind direction, stadium elevation, humidity and atmospheric pressure.
The air in Texas is going to have that strange feeling to it. Heavy, moist and dangerous. Though it’ll be good for spanking homers, it may also bring severe weather to the ballpark. More on that at the bottom of this article.
To my surprise, the White Sox game also has favorable conditions for hitting. The temperatures will be in just the low 60s, while winds will be blowing in. The total has dropped from 9.5 to 9 since opening, but perhaps the weather isn’t quite as bad as it looks on paper.
Lowest Weather Ratings
- Astros at Athletics: 14
- Red Sox at Yankees: 15
- Indians at Mariners: 21
Once again, we have plenty of games in the 20s and 30s and even below, as is the case in Oakland and the Bronx.
As I mentioned yesterday, Oakland and Seattle are typically quite low on the Weather Rating list regardless of the season. The over/under in Oakland has remained at 9 since opening, while the Indians-Mariners total has fallen from 8 to 7.5 at some books.
Yankee Stadium is a pretty small ballpark, but hitters still feel the pain when the weather is garbage — not unlike the garbage piling up on the streets in the city. Per FantasyLabs’ Trends tool, in games with a Weather Rating between 1 and 20 at Yankee Stadium, hitters have posted a Plus/Minus of -0.36 on DraftKings.
- Pirates at Tigers
- Blue Jays at Twins
- Angels at Rangers
The Detroit weather is easily the least worrisome of this trio. I was questioning even putting the game in here it’s so un-worrisome, but what the hey. There’s a slight chance of showers so might as well include it.
The Minneapolis weather is much worse, as it’s going to be raining cats and dogs all day. The rain should lighten up at night, but there doesn’t appear to be a clear gap with a guarantee of no rain. A late start, rain delay or rainout are all in the cards.
Texas is also a scary one, as there’s a big risk of thunderstorms, some of which may be severe. The chance gets worse as the night goes on so it’s possible they avoid any cells in the early going and get the game in, but when the forecast includes the words “large hail” and “isolated tornadoes,” there’s a good chance any baseball games in the area will be impacted.