Davey Martinez’s squad didn’t get back to the nation’s capital on Monday morning, after the late finale in Atlanta’s SunTrust Park on Sunday night, until around 4:30 AM, and they had to get to Nationals Park in time for what was supposed to be a 7:05 PM EDT opener against the Colorado Rockies that night.
The game was postponed, however, with Major League Baseball making the decision to scrap it, so the series started last night and there’s a doubleheader to play today before tomorrow’s 4:00 PM finale.
During his weekly visit with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies this morning, Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo was asked if the team was better off getting the day of rest on Monday after a long night, or if they’d have preferrred avoiding a doubleheader and all the trouble that it causes?
“I think playing the game would’ve been better rest-wise just because you’re there anyways, you’ve prepared for the game, you’re loose, you’re stretched, and everything and then you have to sit around,” Rizzo explained.
“Fortunately, you know, it’s MLB’s call on that game because it’s the last time Colorado’s in after the All-Star Break, that’s the rules. They cancelled it early enough where the guys could get home and get some rest. The worst thing is when you’re sitting there through these rain delays and the games finally get cancelled at like 10:30, 11 o’clock and you have to start it up again the next day. Fortunately we got out of there pretty early and they got some rest. These doubleheaders bring a lot of rotational stuff that you have to work through and you know, now we need an extra starter for one of the weekend games because of the rainout, so a lot of things go into it.”
Adrián Sanchez got the call as the Nationals’ 26th man for today’s doubleheader, and was available this afternoon, and is again tonight. Erick Fedde, who was supposed to start the series opener, got bumped to this afternoon and Patrick Corbin’s going tonight, with Max Scherzer returning to the rotation tomorrow after a stint on the Injured List.
After that? No announcement has been made on the fifth/extra starter for the series with LA in D.C., but they’ll sort that out eventually, and the Nationals will need a spot start some time this weekend as Rizzo mentioned.
UPDATE: Fedde got optioned to Double-A after today’s start, and Joe Ross was throwing a bullpen in Nationals Park. So we might have an answer as to who will take a turn in the mix against the Dodgers.
But that’s two games away. Go 1-0 tonight!