Report: Marlins upset after game vs. Mets postponed
The Miami Marlins are furious with the New York Mets after a game between the two teams was postponed on Tuesday and rescheduled as a doubleheader on Wednesday.
The game at Citi Field was called off due to unplayable conditions after the stadium's grounds crew did not cover the field on Saturday ahead of heavy rainfall caused by Tropical Storm Ophelia, reports The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
The grounds crew eventually put the tarp down, but the infield took so much water from Saturday to Monday that there wasn't enough of a dry period to get it in good enough shape to play.
"We want to play today," Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said on Tuesday, according to MLB.com's Christina De Nicola.
"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."
The Marlins, who are battling with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs for the bottom two National League wild-card spots, are upset because the postponement affects their pitching strategy in the season's final games.
Braxton Garrett, who had his Tuesday start bumped to the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader, will no longer be available to pitch Sunday's season finale unless he performs on short rest. This leaves Miami, without the injured Sandy Alcantara and Eury Pérez, in a bind.
Mets owner Steve Cohen apologized to the Marlins for the postponement on Wednesday.
The Marlins are one of baseball's biggest surprises this season, entering Wednesday one half-game back of the Cubs for the final wild-card spot despite having one of the league's worst offenses.