World Series Game 2 start moved up an hour, rain in forecast

Fans arrive for Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series at Progressive Field between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The start time for Game 2 of the World Series has been moved up by an hour because there’s rain in the Cleveland weather forecast.

The game Wednesday night is now scheduled to begin at 7:08 p.m. EDT.

Major League Baseball announced the time shift Tuesday night midway through the Series opener between the Chicago Cubs and Indians.

There was no rain during Game 1 at Progressive Field.

ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza said she is looking forward to the Game 2 pitching matchup between Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer and Chicago’s Jake Arrieta.

She calls Bauer “a wild card” after lasting one inning in his last outing because of a bloody finger, which he had sliced while fixing a drone.

Arrieta went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA during the regular season but struggled to a 5.01 ERA in his final four starts. Mendoza expects the 2015 Cy Young Award winner to have better command of his fastball, which she says will set up the “slider-cutter pitch that breaks on that same path where hitters can’t tell the difference.”

Mendoza is in Cleveland giving World Series updates for “Baseball Tonight.” She wrapped up her first full season announcing for “Sunday Night Baseball.”

Last fall, Mendoza became the first woman to call a nationally televised postseason game. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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