Rain postpones Game 5 at St. Louis

Rain postpones Game 5 at St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- An all-day deluge on Monday wiped out Game 5 of the National League Championship Series between the Mets and Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The game has been rescheduled for an 8:19 p.m. ET first pitch on Tuesday, setting up another scattered travel day in the best-of-seven series.

It's the second rainout of the series, which is tied at two games apiece. The first rainout came on Wednesday night, when Game 1 was shifted to Thursday at Shea Stadium.

"The forecast is calling for this type of rain that we have right now until about 8 p.m., and then a steady drizzle until 1 or 2 in the morning," said Bob Watson, the Major League Baseball vice president on site to interface with the Commissioner's office, which made the call. "And in my opinion, there's no need to try to start the game at 8 p.m. with drizzle, especially when [on Tuesday the forecast] will be calling for 70 degrees, a good day."

The starting pitchers will remain the same -- Tom Glavine for the Mets and Jeff Weaver for the Cardinals. Both will benefit. Because of the loss of last Friday's off-day, both pitchers were slated to pitch on three days of rest. Now, they will get their extra day.

Cards manager Tony La Russa said there was no thought of moving up his ace, Chris Carpenter, as he did from Game 3 to Game 2 after the first rainout.

"Jeff gets four days' rest and Chris gets four days' rest," La Russa said. "It's our best chance."

Mets manager Willie Randolph, who has stayed true to his pre-series rotation, said he wasn't sure that another rainout would really be a big factor. But Glavine's stats on three days' rest in the postseason aren't good: 2-5 with a 6.75 ERA in seven previous postseason starts with fewer than four days' rest.

"To me, you come to the ballpark and you're ready to play, you want to play," Randolph said. "I don't see where this necessarily makes a big difference. It's one game and sometimes guys do real well on three days. You want to look at the bright side of it, but you want to stay on schedule."

Both teams will have to immediately airlift out of St. Louis after Tuesday night's tilt. Wednesday's Game 6 in New York is scheduled for a 8:19 p.m. ET start. Game 7, if necessary, is slated for Thursday night at the same time.

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The weather in New York for those games is projected at partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and temperatures in the 60s.

The series could ill-afford another postponement, not with Game 1 of the World Series already scheduled for Saturday night in Detroit. The workout day is slated for Friday at Comerica Park.

"It's a best-of-three series now," said La Russa, who was planning on going out to dinner and a movie with his wife after leaving the ballpark on Monday. "The guys are all excited about it. I don't think it matters right now, how it long it takes us to play."

Despite the weather, the series has swung back and forth with the Mets winning Games 1 and 4 and the Cardinals taking Games 2 and 3. Each team has won one at home and one on the road.

The two Carloses -- Beltran and Delgado -- have been the offensive stars of the series. The Mets pair has combined to hit .367 (11-for-30) with five homers, 10 runs scored and 13 runs batted in. Dating back to the 2004 NLCS, when he played for the Astros against St. Louis, Beltran has seven homers in 11 NLCS games. Delgado, with nine RBIs in the first four games of the series, is one shy of the NLCS record of 10 held by Pudge Rodriguez, then of the Marlins.

Beltran said before leaving the clubhouse on Monday that he didn't expect either himself or his team to lose the momentum of Sunday's 12-5 victory, in which Beltran hit a pair of homers and Delgado added a three-run homer and a two-run double.

"It's raining and there's nothing we can do about it," Beltran said. "The bullpen and the starting rotation will get another valuable day of rest. It's going to benefit both ballclubs. They've also been using their bullpen. At this point, we're tired. Every bone in our body sometimes hurts. The way I feel right now, I'll take it. I don't care if I had a good day [on Sunday]."

Pitching-wise, Glavine and Jeff Suppan have been the two stars of the series. Glavine threw seven innings of four-hit ball in the Mets' 2-0, Game 1 victory and is on a 13-inning scoreless streak this postseason. Suppan threw eight innings of three-hit ball in the Cardinals' 5-0, Game 3 win.

But Glavine, at 40, would seem to be the greatest beneficiary of the extra day.

"Getting an extra day and getting back on my full rest is not a bad thing," Glavine said. "Certainly, as big a deal as we make about numbers in this game, my numbers certainly aren't great on short rest. So psychologically, maybe it's all good."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.