Rather than make fans wait until the first pitch approached, the New York Yankees pre-emptively postponed Monday’s Opening Day game against the Houston Astros because of inclement weather.

The game was scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET first pitch. The teams will instead play Tuesday, which was originally scheduled as an off day. Sweeny Murti of WFAN noted the game will have a 1 p.m. ET start time, and fans can either attend that contest or use their ticket for another game in the future.

Rain has been coming down throughout the morning in New York and is expected throughout the day, according to Weather.com. No inclement weather is expected for Tuesday or Wednesday, but there is currently a 100 percent chance of rain Thursday—the day of the final game in the three-game series.

Monday’s game was supposed to be an early-afternoon chance for a national audience to see the Yankees and Astros renew their 2015 Wild Card matchup.

Houston defeated New York 3-0 in the one-game playoff behind six innings of shutout ball from Dallas Keuchel. The Astros’ ace is scheduled to start their season opener against Masahiro Tanaka, who took the loss in their playoff matchup after giving up two runs in five innings. Both pitchers should still be on the mound Tuesday.

The Yankees come in having lost their last three Opening Day games, including one to the Astros in 2014. Houston, by contrast, has won its last three openers.


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