Phillies v. Reds and nature v. hitters

Pitchers firing mid-90s fastballs into the chilly October twilight probably don't need much help. But it appears that nature is about to give it to the Phillies' Roy Halladay and the Reds' Edinson Volquez whether they need it or not.

The latest forecast has a subtle tweak from yesterday's outlook. It's now calling for winds from the west at 7 to 9 m.p.h. during the game. That would be blowing in from left field. That's not going to stop a line drive from going over the fence, but it might be enough to hold up a deep fly to left.

The wind outlook for the Friday game is almost identical. So in a hitter's park, don't be surprised if runs are scarce. As for rain, a shower is possible during the game, but it shouldn't last long. Friday is looking splendid.