Mother Nature has decided once again that the Miami Marlins should have a day off from baseball.
The Marlins’ series opener against the New York Mets on Monday night was postponed because of inclement weather. A doubleheader will take place at Citi Field on Wednesday, with the first game beginning at 4:10 p.m.
It’s the Marlins’ second consecutive game that has been postponed, with their series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates also being called off. That game is set to be played on Oct. 1, the day after the conclusion of the regular season.
“I don’t know exactly what it does. It just keeps you off the field for a couple days,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “... I guess the one thing is it gets a little rest for guys, but other than that it’s not a, I don’t think it’s a big deal. Guys have played so much that their swings are there. It’s not gonna feel like they’re rusty or anything else. I think it goes back to normal.”
With Monday’s game being rescheduled and the Marlins (56-86) and Mets (65-77) playing two on Wednesday, Mattingly said the Marlins will still start José Ureña (5-12, 4.41 ERA) on Tuesday.
Jeff Brigham (0-1, 9.00) and Trevor Richards (3-8, 4.73) will pitch the doubleheader, although Mattingly said he is still unsure who will start which game. Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 0.75) will close out the series on Thursday by making his first major-league start on the road.
The Mets will have Jacob DeGrom (8-8, 1.68) on the mound Tuesday, followed by Zach Wheeler (1-7, 3.39) and Jason Vargas (5-9, 6.75) on Wednesday and Steven Matz (5-11, 4.17) on Thursday.
Mattingly said starting pitcher Dan Straily is still day-to-day after straining his left oblique in the Marlins’ 5-3 loss to the Pirates on Friday. Straily is 5-6 on the year with a 4.12 ERA in 23 starts.
“I know he was going to do some stuff either today or tomorrow, try to get in the weight room a little bit and really just trying to find out where that goes,” Mattingly said Monday.
Meanwhile, Mattingly said shortstop JT Riddle, who has not played in the last four games while dealing with a sore left wrist, is expected to play in the Mets series “unless he goes backward for some reason.” Riddle is hitting .228 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 85 games this season.