Thus far this season, the Mets’ frustrations had been largely because of arising empty with runners in scoring place and having their season delayed by the Nationals’ COVID-19 points.
Sunday, they added one other supply from a state of affairs that seemed to be fully avoidable.
The Mets wasted a begin from Marcus Stroman for seven minutes of soaking-wet baseball earlier than their rubber match with the Marlins at Citi Subject entered a rain delay.
Stroman, who seemed to be having a tough time getting his arms dry and steadily requested for dry baseballs throughout his temporary time on the mound within the prime of the primary, was not happy in regards to the choice to start the sport within the first place.
“This sport ought to have by no means been began,” Stroman tweeted 36 minutes after the sport was delayed. “Not sensible in any respect. These circumstances put everybody in danger. Past completely happy no gamers on both facet have been injured. Hate that I’ve to attend one other 5 days to pitch once more. That’s a depressing feeling.”
The prolonged delay ensured Stroman was performed for the day, even when the sport have been to finally resume.
Regardless of rain being within the forecast for a lot of the day, supervisor Luis Rojas had mentioned two hours earlier than the scheduled first pitch that the Mets meant to play and “there’s gonna be an opportunity sooner or later doubtlessly.” That seemed to be the case a bit of over an hour later, when the grounds crew eliminated the tarp and started making ready the sector for the sport.
Stroman got here out to heat up in a lightweight rain and his teammates finally adopted go well with, however simply as first pitch neared, the rain started to fall tougher and steadier. Nonetheless, after the umpires arrived and appeared to take a look at the radar on an iPad with the grounds crew, they saved on schedule with Stroman throwing the primary pitch on time at 1:10 p.m.
Earlier than the sport entered a delay at 1:17 p.m., Stroman had given up a single and recorded an out earlier than taking his time throughout an at-bat to Jesus Aguilar — who had additionally stopped to dry off his bat.