The Mets can’t catch a break. Certainly not from Mother Nature.
Two of the three scheduled Memorial Day weekend games against the rival Braves at Citi Field were postponed due to the soggy weather that has set up shop over much of the Northeast.
Sunday night’s game — which was to feature a battle between Jacob deGrom and Max Fried on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” — has been rescheduled as part of a single admission doubleheader on Monday, July 26 at 5:10 p.m., the Mets announced. Both games will be seven-inning affairs.
The game was called about 90 minutes before the scheduled first pitch in Flushing.
The two teams also had Friday night’s game rained out. They did manage to squeeze in Saturday’s game, a 13-2 Mets (25-20) win that sends Luis Rojas’ team out on a West coast trip with a 3 1/5 game lead over Atlanta (24-26) in the NL East.
Friday’s rain out will be made up with a single-admission doubleheader on June 21.
“We know that there’s a pile of doubleheaders coming our way,” Rojas said. “I don’t think that’s bothering us. ... I think the guys just have that strong mentality that we’ll be ready.”
The Mets have already played four doubleheaders this season.
DeGrom (3-2, 0.80 ERA, .60 WHIP, 74 strikeouts) is now scheduled to start Monday night’s opener of a 3-game series against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The Mets’ 9-day road trip will also include a series in San Diego and a visit to Camden Yards in Baltimore to face the Orioles.
Sunday marked the 10th time the Mets have had a game postponed this season. They have played four fewer games (45) than any other team in the big leagues. Seven games have been postponed due to weather while their season-opening series in D.C. was called off due to COVID issues with the Nationals.
But at least it meant they didn’t lose any more players to injury. The team currently has 16 players on the shelf. Help could be on the way, though. Slugging first baseman Pete Alonso, reliever Seth Lugo and outfielder Kevin Pillar could come off the injured list, Rojas said.