It’s been a rough couple days for the Washington Nationals, who mentioned in their notes for this afternoon’s series opener in Citizens Bank Park that before today’s game, they had, “played a total of 6 hours and 23 minutes of baseball since last Friday, while waiting out 10 hours, 58 minutes of delays.” Somehow, in spite of the forecast for rain in Philadelphia, PA, they were able to get the first game in. As for the nightcap?
We’re taking a wait and see approach with the way things have gone over the last few days, but we’re all about optimism here at Federal Baseball, so we prepared this post on the Nats’ lineup for the second of two today in CBP.
Speaking of doubleheaders, heading into today’s games, the Nationals, who beat Chicago’s Cubs in both ends of a twin bill just this past Saturday, were 9-4-21 (sweeps-swept-splits) on days when they’ve played twice in one day in franchise history, and the Nationals were, “39-29 overall in doubleheaders since baseball returned to Washington in 2005.”
Yesterday’s postponement, which led to today’s doubleheader, was a result of the infield in Citizens Bank being rendered unplayable by some bad decisions over the weekend and an unexpected amount of rain in the City of Brotherly Love. How rare are postponements due to wet field conditions?
“According to Retrosheet,” the Nationals wrote in today’s game notes, “it was the first game postponed because of ‘wet grounds’ since Sept. 21, 1987, at County Stadium in Milwaukee.”
The infield was playable today, but the rain hadn’t started falling as of the moment we wrote this part so... [fingers crossed].