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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  The St. Louis Cardinals could have an ally as they try to take the final two games of the World Series at home against the Texas Rangers.

Mother Nature.

Balls have been flying out of the park at Arlington that would have been long outs at Busch, and the forecast for Game 6 and a possible Game 7 of the World Series calls for cold, wet weather.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Sieveking tells KMOX News that the chance for rain Wednesday night is especially high.

“Probably 80 to 90 percent chance,” Sieveking says.

And even if they’re able to get the game in between the rain drops, the fact that it will finally feel like autumn in St. Louis could impact the play on the field, according to Porter Johnson, professor emeritus of physics at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

“Colder air is denser air,” Prof. Johnson explains.  “That creates more air resistance, which makes balls less likely to fly out of the park the way they do in Texas.”

Of course, that wind blows both ways meaning a long ball struck by Albert Pujols that would be a home run in Arlington might just be a long out at Busch as denser air takes its toll.

The forecast calls for a low around 43 along with that hefty chance for rain Wednesday night, and then even colder on Thursday for a possible Game 7, with a projected low in the mid-30’s.

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