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The Mets can't escape the rain as another doubleheader looms
For the third time in four days, the Mets had a game postponed due to rain.
What’s Up with the Mets? ⚾️
The Mets were rained out for the third time in four days and will play a doubleheader in Detroit on Wednesday
LHP Joey Lucchesi will start Game 1 and RHP Max Scherzer will make his return after serving a 10-game suspension in the nightcap
Injury Updates 🏥
RHP Carlos Carrasco (right elbow inflammation) is expected to make a rehab start soon and could make his return to the club by mid-May
Today’s Game 🗓
Match-up: Mets (16-13) at Tigers (10-17)
Where: Comerica Park – Detroit, Michigan
Starters: LHP Joey Lucchesi (1-0, 2.19 ERA) vs. LHP Joey Wentz (0-3, 6.45 ERA)
When: 1:40 PM EDT
Where to Watch: SNY
Starters: RHP Max Scherzer (2-1, 3.72 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Lorenzen (0-1, 7.07 ERA)
When: 6:40 PM EDT
Where to Watch: SNY
Notes on the Mets, the lords of the doubleheader ✍🏻
Surprise, surprise – the Mets were rained out (yet again) on Tuesday night. This comes after a rain-shortened loss this past Friday and back-to-back rainouts on Saturday and Sunday.
Now, after splitting a doubleheader vs the Braves on Monday, New York will play their second consecutive twin bill with two games in Detroit later this afternoon. And if you’re thinking to yourself right about now, “boy it sure feels like the Mets have played a lot of doubleheaders over the last few years,” you’d be incredibly correct.
Dating back to the start of the 2021 season, the first full year after the pandemic, the Mets will have now played a whopping 26 doubleheaders – by far the most in the league during that timespan. Whose to say why this has happened to this franchise so much over the last two-plus years (though if you asked Jon Heyman he would suggest it’s Steve Cohen’s fault for not dropping a cool billion on a retractable roof for Citi Field), but for whatever reason the Mets have been unlucky enough to fall victim to Mother Nature more than any other team in baseball.
Where the Mets haven’t gotten unlucky, though, is how they’ve actually performed in those doubleheaders. While playing two games in one day is often quite challenging, where sweeping is generally viewed as very unlikely, this team has surprisingly fared quite well in these situations.
In the 25 doubleheaders over the last three seasons, the Mets are an astounding 35-15 with eight sweeps while having never been swept during that period. The 25 consecutive doubleheaders without being swept is second longest streak by any major league team over the last 62 years. Today, the Mets will look to extend that streak to 26 and inch closer to the Yankees, who went 30 straight doubleheaders without getting swept between 1996 and 2006.
Mother Nature may not love this franchise all that much, but doubleheaders have treated them quite kindly over the last few years. Let’s keep that going later today.
Around the League 🚩
Phillies DH Bryce Harper made his return from Tommy John surgery in the club’s loss to the Dodgers in LA
The Yankees put a stop to their mini losing streak thanks to Willie Calhoun’s first home run with the team in their 4-2 win over the Guardians
Rockies RHP Germán Márquez will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2023 season
Mariners CF Julio Rodríguez was scratched from Tuesday night’s game with back tightness
The Braves blanked the Marlins by a score of 6-0 thanks to Bryce Elder’s seven scoreless frames