- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 11, 2006


NEW YORK — A steady rain postponed Game 1 of the National League Championship Series last night, forcing the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals to wait another day before opening play and setting up the possibility of five games in as many days before either team gets a break.

After a soaking afternoon at Shea Stadium, Major League Baseball called off the series opener well before its scheduled 8:19 p.m. first pitch. Game 1 now will be played tonight at the same time, with Game 2 pushed back to a yet-to-be-announced time tomorrow.

The series immediately shifts to St. Louis on Saturday. There will be no off-day until after Game 5, which complicates both club’s pitching plans. New York’s Tom Glavine and St. Louis’ Jeff Weaver will still meet in tonight’s opener, but Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he will consider bumping up ace Chris Carpenter (who was scheduled to pitch Game 3 on Saturday) to tomorrow’s Game 2.

The revised schedule also could result in Glavine, the Mets’ 40-year-old ace, coming back to start Game 5 on only three days’ rest.

Mark Zuckerman

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