It is starting to rain in St. Louis. It may be a whopper, I don’t know. Players are still warming up on the field. In his pregame presser Bochy spoke about what he will do with his starter Matt Cain in light of possible rain. I quote him from a transcript courtesy of MLB.
Q. Obviously with the weather forecast, how much in contact are you with the League? When are you going to hear like when Cain gets up, are you going to need to hear something before you get him up to warm up?
BRUCE BOCHY: Yeah, we’ve already talked about the rain as the situation. Right now it looks like both batting practices will get in. And really at this point we’ll take it a step at a time. As we get close to the game we’ll look at the situation and we’ll get with the umpires, both managers, GM’s and we’ll talk about if we should start the game or not.
I think it’s fair to say we don’t want to start this game if it looks like rain is coming in an inning or two and have to change starters.
So at this point we’ll just wait and see where we’re at as we get closer to game time.
Q. Just to follow up on this, if you get to a point where the League and everybody decides, look, this is our window, we’ve got a couple of hours here and it’s going to get worse after, can you envision a circumstance where you start somebody else, we can’t risk starting Matt today knowing we might go 3, 4 or 5?
BRUCE BOCHY: No, I can’t see that being a possibility. I’ve been caught before where you try to predict what’s going to happen with the rain and started ‑‑ just a couple of years ago, I started a pitcher thinking the same thing and it didn’t rain for four or five innings, then I put my starter in and then it started raining, and so it came back to bite me there.
It’s a tough call. It’s nature and it’s unpredictable to what’s going to happen. So Matt Cain will start the game if we start this game.