The Washington Nationals and New York Mets were set to play the second game of their three-game set in Nationals Park tonight, but inclement weather forced a postponement of the next-to-last game of the season between the NL East divisional rivals. Shortly after 6:00 PM this evening rain began to fall in the nation's capital and the tarp was rolled out.
Approximately twenty minutes before the scheduled start time for tonight's game, the Nats made the announcement of the postponement via Twitter:
The "further details" followed two minutes later when the Nationals announced that the game will be made up tomorrow afternoon as the first half of a split doubleheader:
That, of course, means that the NL East Champs will have to play four games in two days since they already had a doubleheader with the Miami Marlins scheduled for Friday.
Not exactly an ideal situation going into the final weekend on the regular season schedule.
With the division title already clinched, the Nats will have to play back-to-back twin bills.
No word with the tweeted announcements on how the Nationals will handle the games as far as the pitching goes.
Gio Gonzalez was scheduled to start tonight's game. Manager Matt Williams talked last week about potentially having to use Blake Treinen again with the doubleheader on Friday.
There was also talk this afternoon about Jordan Zimmermann's bruised right shoulder/arm, potentially affecting his next outing:
Jordan Zimmermann's shoulder still bruised from line drive other night in Miami. Throwing today, then will decide if starting Fri or Sat.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) September 24, 2014
More info on all the details when it's available...
UPDATE: Blake Treinin at night, Gio Gonzalez tomorrow...
The #Nats will have RHP Blake Treinen in the first game tomorrow and Gio Gonzalez in the second game tomorrow.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 24, 2014
Per Matt Williams, Doug Fister & Taylor Hill will start for #Nats on Friday. Stephen Strasburg will start on Sat. & Jordan Zimmermann on Sun— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 24, 2014