NEW YORK – The Marlins’ path to a postseason berth was never going to be easy. Miami encountered its latest obstacle when Tuesday night’s series opener against New York at Citi Field was postponed due to unplayable field conditions caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia.
The game will be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET. For more information, visit Mets.com/rain.
- Games remaining: at NYM (3), at PIT (3)
- Standings update: The Marlins (81-75) are 1 1/2 games back of the D-backs (83-74) and a half-game back of the Cubs (82-75) for the second and third National League Wild Card spots. They are one game ahead of the Reds (81-77). Miami holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Chicago and Arizona, having taken four of six in the season series. Miami tied the season series (3-3) with Cincinnati, but the Marlins (25-24 against the NL East) hold the second tiebreaker -- intradivisional record -- over the Reds (20-29 against the NL Central).
Left-hander Braxton Garrett, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, will pitch Game 1 of the doubleheader. The nightcap will be a bullpen game -- with the starter TBD -- as previously planned for a Miami squad that is without right-handers Sandy Alcantara (right UCL sprain) and Eury Pérez (left SI joint inflammation). Left-hander Joey Lucchesi and righty Kodai Senga will start for the Mets in an order to be determined.
Hours before the announcement, manager Skip Schumaker spoke during his pregame scrum while the grounds crew worked on the infield dirt.
“We want to play today,” Schumaker had said. “That's definitely the case. But if it's a doubleheader, it's a doubleheader. It's just part of it. It's part of the season that we have to play. We have six games left. There's no more off-days in between, and I think, no matter what we put in front of them, they've always been good with it. It can piss you off for a minute or so, but I think they get over it and you play baseball at the end of the day. If it's today or tomorrow, we'll figure that out.”