NEW YORK – It was humid and the sun was peeking out of the clouds over Citi Field when the Mets announced that due to severe weather forecasts for their series opener later that evening against the Cardinals on Monday had been postponed.
The game was rescheduled for a one-time admission doubleheader Tuesday beginning at 3:10 p.m. The gates to Citi Field will open one hour before the first pitch. The second match will start 30 to 40 minutes after the end of the first.
“With extreme weather conditions in the area, we are thinking of everyone’s safety, therefore tonight’s game has been postponed,” the Mets said in a statement.
The rain, although reported as a severe thunderstorm watch, was expected to clear Flushing by the 7:10 a.m. first pitch on Monday. The Mets have not made a team official available to clarify their decision, as a home team, to postpone the game.
But a double Tuesday could well work to the advantage of the Amazin given their sub-optimal launch plans.
Taijuan Walker will take the mound Tuesday on his scheduled departure day, and Trevor Williams will get another one of those starts, but Monday night the team hasn’t announced in what order it will compete.
With Tylor Megill (right biceps tendonitis) added to the disabled list retroactive to May 12, the Mets needed a starter for Monday. Right-hander Williams, usually the team’s long relief option out of the bullpen, was scheduled to pitch Monday’s series opener against Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas. But Williams probably wasn’t the Mets’ first pick against a 19-15 second-place St. Louis team.
The Mets are 5-1 in doubles this season. They’ll be looking to bounce back from a tough loss to the Mariners at home on Sunday, which led to their first series loss of the season — after a franchise record of 9-0-1 earlier this year.
There may even be some lingering animosity between the Cards and Mets after the two teams brawled at Busch Stadium the last time they played each other, just three weeks ago. The Mets, who lead the Majors with 24 throwing touchdowns, were emotional after the Cardinals punched another Met, JD Davis, which partly led to the bench-clearing incident in St. Louis.
Tuesday will be the first time the Cardinals and Mets have met since the series finale kerfuffle, a 10-5 loss to the Mets, at Busch Stadium on April 27.