MLB Friday Weather: Rain Envelops 4 Games in the Northeast
Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Citi Field.
- Rain could be a big issue tonight, as four games are going to be impacted by a large storm system.
- Let's take a look at how Friday's weather is impacting tonight's MLB slate of games.
Every time I look out this darn dining room window of mine all I see is rain. I look at my weather app on the phone and seven of the next 10 days have little rain clouds on them. I’m going to need to plant some flowers ASAP if I want May flowers because the April showers are living up to their hype.
Tonight, there’s seemingly a monsoon taking over half of the country. Though it should move out in time for at least a couple of games in the area to be played, there are a couple more that have serious postponement risks.
Highest Weather Ratings
- Cubs at Diamondbacks: 73
- Brewers at Mets: 57
- Marlins at Phillies: 56
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.
It’s going to be hot, hot, hot in Arizona, but guess what? They are apparently keeping the roof open! They better not change their mind and close it, because I already took the over.
Historically, the over has hit at a 56% rate in Arizona when the roof has been open according to Bet Labs. The over/under has risen from 8.5 to 9 since opening — perhaps bettors are catching on to the trend.
The next two games on the list? Well, they’re gonna be wet ones, just like the moist hand wipes you may use after shoving a couple dozen wings down your throat. You’re not going to lick those fingers at a classy establishment like Hooters, are you?!? I don’t think so.
More about the rain below.
Lowest Weather Ratings
- Rangers at Mariners: 11
- Orioles at Twins: 26
- Reds at Cardinals: 28
Fifty degrees, a breeze blowing in and mostly cloudy … the weather couldn’t be any more Seattle-y tonight if it tried.
If we head east into the center of the country, we have a couple games that will also exhibit sub-optimal hitting conditions.
Though more than 70% of bettors are on the over in Minnesota, the majority of money is on the under and some books have moved the total from 9.5 to 9. There must be some reason why sharp bettors are on the under in a game with Martin Perez taking on Alex Cobb.
The total has also dropped in St. Louis, where Miles Mikolas and the Cards host Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds. The under is actually fairly popular in that game, as more than 50% of bets have helped drive the total down from 8.5 to 8. We also tracked two bet signals on under 8.5.
- Padres at Nationals: While the weather will be quite crappy in Washington D.C. in the afternoon, the worst of the rain/thunderstorms should be over a couple of hours before game time. There is a chance of a lingering or stray storm during game hours, though.
- Marlins at Phillies: Those same storms will also be impacting Philly. The worst of may still be in the area for the start of the game, but the rain should lighten up and leave the area as the evening progresses.
- Brewers at Mets: We could have steadier rain lasting longer into the night in New York as opposed to the early stages of the previous two games.
- Rays at Red Sox: Boston will get the worst of this system in the latter stages of the game, but there could be trouble if there’s an early delay. While the worst of it will hit closer to midnight, there’s still going to be scattered rain showers in the area all evening. If they don’t get the game in early, they may not get it in at all.