Well, wouldn't this be a real kick in the baseballs?
The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals are scheduled to open MLB’s pandemic-shortened season at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night at Nationals Park, but Mother Nature may stand in the way before the much-anticipated baseball season begins.
According to the National Weather Service, there is an 80% chance of rain with scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon and may contains strong, gusty winds.
For the evening, the chance of precipitation decreases to about 60%, but with variable clouds and thunderstorms which may contains strong, gusty winds.
A glass half-full outlook is that the evening forecast is slightly better than the daytime, but still not ideal.
While there will not be any fans in attendance at the game, many have been waiting for the return of team sports, which has been sidelined since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic put the sports world on pause.
MLB has spent months working out a plan to have a season this year, with a 60-game schedule commencing on Thursday.
Should the game get postponed, an off-day was built into the schedule which would allow the Yankees and Nationals to make up the game on Friday where the forecast looks a bit more favorable – 50% chance of rain with a scattered thunderstorm in the late afternoon and stray shower possible at night.
The Yankees will be sending newly signed ace Gerrit Cole to the mound while the Nationals have three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer toeing the rubber.
MLB would still open the season on Thursday night, though, but it would instead be the Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the San Francisco Giants in southern California at 10 p.m. ET where clear skies are expected.