Major League Baseball officially announced that the start of Game 4 of the NLDS matchup between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs has been delayed.
MLB will meet with officials again at 4:30 PM CT and 5:30 PM EDT to discuss plans for tonight.
Before the delay was announced, Nationals’ second baseman Daniel Murphy said he would just prepare for the game as if it was going to be played.
“I haven't heard anything other than be ready for 4:30,” he said. “First pitch, be ready. I think all of us have learned before that the weather says it's going to do one thing and all of a sudden you're six innings through a ballgame. So stay prepared.”
Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon said he just hoped that if they started the game they did so knowing they would be able to finish it, especially when it comes to the starting pitchers.
“Regarding the starting pitchers for tonight, hopefully we just start the game knowing we're going to be able to play the game,” he said.
MLB has shared today's #NLDS Game 4 will be delayed due to forecasted inclement weather. We'll share additional updates as possible.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 10, 2017
“It's difficult when you start a starting pitcher and then have to have him sit down after 45 minutes or an hour and then move on to the next guy or whatever.
“I don't know exactly what we're going to do yet, but I prefer -- I think everybody does, that if you start the game, you know you're going to be able to play the game, as opposed to having so many interruptions.”
The Nationals, and their fans, would likely prefer that they don’t start and stop things and play on a wet field, because things didn’t go so well last time that happened back on August 12th in the nation’s capital.
We’ll add more info when it’s available of there is an official decision from Chicago...