The Miami Marlins and the New York Mets will play a doubleheader on Wednesday as the second night of a four-game series at Citi Field in the Big Apple.
For the second game in a row, the Miami Marlins have had their game postponed due to inclement weather. This time, the opening of a four-game series with the New York Mets at Citi Field was postponed due to heavy rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader, which will be games two and three of the series.
The first game will be played on Tuesday night, Jose Urena will go to the mound. Jeff Brigham, who was scheduled to open the series against Jacob deGrom, has been pushed back to Wednesday. Manager Don Mattingly did not state which game he would open.
Trevor Richards will get the ball in the other game that night.
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"“It gets a little rest for guys,” Mattingly said of the rainout. “Other than that, I don’t think it’s that big a deal.Honestly, this time of year, guys have played so much that their swings are there. It’s not going to feel like they’re rusty or anything else. It goes back to normal once you get back out there.”"
Rain is nothing new to the Marlins as they were also rained out in the series finale in Pittsburgh. While the Marlins are virtually out of the playoff picture in the National League East, the Pirates are still part of the wild card race.
That game will be played Oct. 1 on the day after the final day of the regular season.
The series with the Mets will give Mattingly another chance to see his young pitching staff in action. The team will start rookie Sandy Alcantara in the series finale.
The Sept. 1 call-up is 2-0 in his only two starts as a pitcher for Miami.
"The Mets must also now make changes in their rotation. Per Joe Frisaro, “The Mets’ rotation revises to deGrom on Tuesday, with Zack Wheeler in Game 1 on Wednesday and Jason Vargas in Game 2. Steven Matz is slated for Thursday.”"
The extra should help Brigham the most. In his first outing, the Sept. 1 call-up gave up three runs in three innings of work. He comes into the game with an ERA of 9.00.
Still, the Marlins have high hopes for their pitcher, who is trying to make the starting rotation for the 2019 MLB season.
The decision to call tonight’s game off was not a total loss. Many of the Marlins pitchers were able to get in their throwing session in the Citi Field outfield. The infield is covered by a tarp for protection.