Thursday, April 18, 2013
Mets News: With Mets postponed, rotation gets rescrambled
As we all know, the Mets were snowed out at Coors Field on Wednesday night.
This marks the third time in four days a Mets game has been postponed because of wintry weather.
The teams will play their regularly scheduled game on Thursday at 3:10 p.m. ET. The Mets then will return to Denver later in the season to make up Wednesday's postponement. The date has not yet been determined.
The snow-out pushes tonight's scheduled starter Jeremy Hefner to Saturday in place of Aaron Laffey. So the upcoming rotation is:
Thursday: Jonathon Niese vs. Jon Garland
Friday: Matt Harvey vs. Stephen Strasburg
Saturday: Hefner vs. Gio Gonzalez
Sunday: Dillon Gee vs. Jordan Zimmermann
The Mets originally had pulled Laffey from Tuesday's Game 2 in order to have him ready for Saturday against the Nats. In retrospect that was not necessary. In fact, because Monday is an off-day, the Mets will not need a fifth starter until April 27 against the Philadelphia Phillies. By then, it is conceivable Shaun Marcum will be ready to rejoin the Mets and Laffey will not be needed for a start.
"It's been odd," Terry Collins said about the three postponements in four days. "This is a game of consistency. This is a game of repetition. And when you lose those reps, you can change the outcome a lot and how things go. John Buck, here he is red hot. And now, all of a sudden, we get rained out one game and snowed out of another. And now he's not going to catch a doubleheader. It disrupts their patterns that they get used to. This has been a tough trip for us. It really has been. Guys are tired of sitting at the hotel."
As for not playing a doubleheader Thursday in Colorado, which was decided by the Rockies, Collins said: "It helps us. It's not going to help us a lot, but it helps us to leave after the [single] game and get back to New York. You know, we are going into a series this weekend where you're playing your own division, the Nationals. We won't have to get back at 5 a.m."
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