The Nationals postponed Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins at Nationals Park due to heavy rain and thunderstorms. No make-up date has been announced, but Manager Matt Williams said the teams will neither play a doubleheader Wednesday nor play Thursday, an off day for both teams.
The wait could cause complications in a potential late-season playoff push for the Nationals. The Marlins do not return to Nationals Park until the season’s final series, meaning the Nationals and Marlins have to play a doubleheader with high stakes for one or both teams.
Late last season, several Nationals players and coaches expressed regret at having to play two doubleheaders in late September, one of which was necessitated by the Navy Yard shooting. The Nationals believed the strain of the twin bills hindered their late-season push.
For now, the Nationals skipped Tuesday’s scheduled starter Blake Treinen and will start Jordan Zimmermann as Wednesday’s scheduled starter. The Nationals will keep the rest of their rotation on track, and Treinen will pitch out of the bullpen until he makes his next start.
“We’d like to keep them on normal rest,” Williams said. “Blake is getting his feet wet here. He’s got experience in the bullpen, so we can do that for the next couple days.”
Zimmermann may especially benefit from staying on his usual rest. In his career when pitching with four days between starts, Zimmermann has a 3.03 ERA and a .653 OPS allowed. When starting on five days of rest or more, Zimmermann has a 4.00 ERA with a .731 OPS allowed.
The Marlins will simply push back Tuesday’s scheduled starter Henderson Alvarez to Wednesday.