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Due to heavy rain in New York yesterday, Game 4 of the ALCS was postponed to tonight, and Game 5 — originally scheduled for tonight — was pushed back to Friday, which was supposed to be a travel day.

Why it matters: The ripple effects of the rainout will be felt throughout the rest of the series, as the Astros and Yankees may have to play 4 games in 4 days if it goes the distance.

Who it helps: The postponement helps the Astros, as yesterday was set to be a bullpen game with rookie Jose Urquidy expected to pitch the bulk of the innings as either a starter or behind an opener.

  • Instead, they'll start Zack Greinke in Game 4 tonight and Justin Verlander in Game 5 tomorrow, both on regular rest.
  • They might still have to rely on Urquidy and the bullpen at some point, but the rainout delayed that until later — and if they win the series in 5 or maybe even 6 games, they'll have avoided it.

Who it hurts: The Yankees will counter with Masahiro Tanaka for Game 4 and James Paxton for Game 5, which is a solid 1-2 punch.

  • Problem is, New York relies much more heavily on their bullpen than Houston, and they might have to pitch for 4 straight days now.
  • For reference, Aaron Boone never used a single reliever for 3 straight days during the regular season. Unless his starters work deep into games, he'll have no choice but to break that guideline.

Go deeper: Washington Nationals reach franchise's first World Series with NLCS sweep

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U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.

Biden to Dems: This is my make-or-break moment

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
3 hours ago - Energy & Environment

China declines to speed emissions cuts in new UN pledge

A view of the skyscrapers in the haze in Shanghai, China, in December 2020. Photo: Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Chinese leaders are sticking with a prior target to bring the country's carbon emissions to a peak before 2030, according to documents filed with the United Nations Thursday under the Paris climate agreement.

Why it matters: The new documents come just days ahead of the UN climate summit (COP26) in Glasgow. China is by far the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter, and its emissions path is key to whether the temperature-limiting goals of the Paris agreement can remain within reach.