MLB set the game times for the rest of the Rays-Astros division series that starts today, and they aren’t convenient for fans looking to attend the first playoff action at the Trop since 2013 with an afternoon start on Monday and possibly on Tuesday.
Further, the exact times won’t be known until potentially the night before the games.
Monday’s Game 3 at the Trop will start at either 1:05, 2:05 or 3:35. That’s based on the status of the two NL series. If both series are still ongoing (meaning neither the Cardinals or Dodgers pull off sweeps), there will be four games that day and Rays-Astros gets the early slot at 1:05. If one of those series is over, and there are three games that day, Rays-Astros starts at 2:05. And if both those series are over, and there are just the two AL games, Rays-Astros is at 3:35 with Yankees-Twins in the prime time slot.
The plan for a potential Game 4 at the Trop on Tuesday is similar but simpler since the NL series are either over or off.
If the Twins-Yankees series is also still going, Rays-Astros would start at 4:15. If Twins-Yankees is over, then Rays-Astros is the only game that day, it would be in prime time at 8:07.
If there is a Game 5 of Rays-Astros on Thursday in Houston, it would start at either 8:37 p.m. if the Twins and Yankees are still playing, or at 7:07 if it is the only game being played.
Got that? For the most part, it’s clear from this schedule the Rays-Astros series is considered the least attractive nationally for TV purposes.