They got the game in last night, but I wonder if it is worth the risk when I hear Jon Niese had trouble gripping the ball.
Teams have a huge investment in players, but it isn’t a stretch to figure out why they put them at risk by playing in such rotten conditions. If you must use blowtorches to dry the field, it isn’t worth playing that day.
The Mets clearly didn’t want to play a doubleheader today to tax their bullpen prior to the Yankees series, and didn’t want to play one later in the season.
There aren’t as many off days as there used to be because of interleague play and the unbalanced schedule. And, most teams don’t want doubleheaders not because of the impact on pitching, but because they don’t want to give up the gate.
Anyway, it is better today than it was yesterday, although the field is still soggy. Here’s the Mets’ lineup today behind Dillon Gee:
Jose Reyes, SS
Josh Thole, C
Carlos Beltran, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Justin Turner, 3B
Jason Pridie, CF
Ruben Tejada, 2B
Dillon Gee, RP
COMMENTS: Terry Collins floated the idea to the media last night about hitting Jason Bay second, but he hasn’t talked to him, yet. That explains why there’s been no move. Theoretically, hitting Bay second should present him with more fastball opportunities.