NEW YORK — The Mets had gone entirely too long without a doubleheader.
Shortly after New York’s game against the Nationals began Tuesday, rain began falling over Citi Field and the surrounding area. Following a delay of roughly two hours, umpires suspended the game. It will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Wednesday at 4:10 p.m. ET — the Mets’ 12th double dip of the season. The suspended game will go the full nine innings, followed by a seven-inning second game.
“I wasn’t aware of this type of storm or this type of rain,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “I did hear that we were probably going to get some rain between 7:30 and 8 [p.m.], somewhere in that window, but I don’t think anybody was aware that it was going to be like this.”
The game will resume in the second inning with a runner on first base and the Nationals leading, 3-1, due to the three-run homer that Juan Soto hit before Carlos Carrasco recorded an out. Making his third start of the season, Carrasco allowed four hits and a walk, throwing 33 pitches while retiring just three batters. His ERA rose to 5.79.
Afterward, Carrasco threw three simulated innings of 15 pitches apiece in the bullpen in an effort to continue stretching out his pitch count.
“He had some stress in that first inning,” Rojas said of Carrasco, who missed nearly the first four months of the season due to a torn right hamstring. “That’s something good for him to go through, even though he didn’t finish the outing. I think he’ll be set to go again his next start.”
When Tuesday’s game resumes, the Mets will have another pitcher on the mound — likely left-hander Rich Hill, who would be on regular rest. Marcus Stroman will then start Game 2 and is capable of pitching most, or all, of the seven innings. The Nationals will counter with right-hander Joe Ross on the mound for Game 1, while their pitching plan for Game 2 remains to be determined.
If anyone knows how to manage his way through a doubleheader, it’s Rojas, who has done so 11 times already this season. The Mets have already played their most doubleheaders since 1979 and are scheduled for two more later in the year, as well.
Fans with tickets to Tuesday’s suspended game cannot use those stubs to attend Wednesday. Instead, they can either exchange their tickets to a future game comparable in price or use them as credit for a more expensive future game (excluding the Sept. 10-12 Subway Series). Fans with tickets to Wednesday’s originally scheduled 7:10 p.m. game can attend both halves of the doubleheader, with Game 2 starting 30-40 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.