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More than any other professional sport, playing a baseball game is entirely contingent on the weather cooperating. If your team doesn't play in a dome and it rains, you'll be staring down hours of delays or even a postponed game. All of this means that it's important to know the weather report earlier in the day so that you know which games might not make it off the ground.
For the most part the forecast on Wednesday, April 17, looks pretty good with quite a few games projected to be played in partly cloudy, mid-60-degree weather – including the first game of the day between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies set to be played in the City of Brotherly Love.
The mid-60s with little wind is great baseball weather for the Mets-Phillies battle for NL East supremacy.
But while the weather looks clear for a majority of today's games, there are two games with a rough forecast on Wednesday night.
First, in Minnesota, there is rain expected throughout the night with a 90 percent chance of precipitation at game time (7:40 p.m. EST). The rain isn't expected to clear up until around 11 p.m. tonight, if at all. The temperature is also supposed to be sub-50 all night. This translates to the Blue Jays-Twins game being in serious jeopardy of not being played this evening.
The second game that could be affected by the weather is the Los Angeles Angels' visit to Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers. There is only about a 12 percent chance of rain at the ballpark Wednesday night, but some local forecasts are calling for hail, with up-to-softball-sized precipitation. There's a good chance that they get this game in without rain, but if a hailstorm hits the ballpark, then look for this one to be rescheduled to a future date.
Outside of those two games, all the rest of the games are expected to be played with fairly good weather. The only other weather of note is in Milwaukee.
But thankfully Miller Park in Milwaukee has a roof and thus this afternoon's Brewers-Cardinals game will be played as scheduled.
So outside of the rain in Midwest and a potential hailstorm in Texas, the weather looks good for baseball on Wednesday.
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