Mets irked by another doubleheader

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ATLANTA -- The driving rain that postponed Friday's game at Turner Field did little to cool off the Mets, who were irritated by the Braves' decision to rush to play a doubleheader Saturday afternoon rather than wait until later in the season.

The Braves' motivation for the quick turnaround was hardly surprising. The Mets are coming off Thursday's doubleheader sweep by the Rockies, and with the pitching staff in shambles, their longtime NL East rival chose to take advantage.

When asked if the Mets' vulnerability was a factor, one player laughed and said sarcastically: "You think? Well, they have to come to our place, too."

Another player added: "Whatever. We'll be ready for them tomorrow."

The Mets already were frustrated by having to use reliever D.J. Carrasco as a starter for Friday's game, and after the rainout, he was moved to Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, with Mike Pelfrey in Game 2.

Faced with the option of playing four games in 72 hours, the Mets complained about the rescheduling -- to both the Braves and the commissioner's office. Though the Mets were unhappy, assistant general manager John Ricco took a more diplomatic stance.

"It's the home team's call," Ricco said. "There's a lot of moving parts that go with it. It ends up being their call. This is what worked out for them. Obviously, it puts us in a tough position, but we'll be fine."

When asked if this was gamesmanship on Atlanta's part, Ricco shrugged. "It is what it is," he said. "It just puts us in a tough position. I'm not going to start anything with the Braves over this."

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In the home clubhouse, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez showed no hint of tweaking their guests, at least publicly.

"The weather is supposed to be beautiful and sunny [Saturday], so let's play it," Gonzalez said. "Why not take advantage of what you know and try to play it."

For the Mets, there still are plenty of unknowns with their pitching staff, and specifically Chris Young, who looks very doubtful for Sunday's start. Originally, Young was moved from Friday to Sunday because of biceps tendinitis, but the problem has lingered long enough to make the Mets rethink his next turn.

After Friday's 55-minute delay, Young huddled in the manager's office with Ricco, Terry Collins, pitching coach Dan Warthen and trainer Ray Ramirez to talk about scenarios. When it was over, Young didn't sound optimistic about taking the mound Sunday, not with a taxed bullpen unable to provide a safety net.

"I don't want to put the team in a bind by any means and leave us shorthanded," said Young, who made only four starts last season because of shoulder issues. "I'm still prepared to pitch Sunday. But at the same time, we have to do what's right for the team and make sure we have ample arms available."

With the doubt surrounding Young, the Mets are likely to call up Dillon Gee from Triple-A Buffalo to take his start Sunday, but Ricco said the decision probably won't be made until Saturday. Even if Gee gets the call, the Mets also might need Pat Misch for the doubleheader, so there were a number of possibilities to sleep on Friday night.

As for Young's prognosis, he was feeling better after Thursday's side session, but he also didn't rule out landing on the disabled list if the Mets need room on the roster.

"There's no guarantees on how it could feel Sunday," Young said. "If it was really severely hurt, there wouldn't be improvement there in a short period of time. But nobody wants to be in a bind Sunday, especially playing five games in three days."

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