Weather could spoil Mets' plan of having Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler pitch in Tuesday's doubleheader
While pitching prospect Zack Wheeler remains in line to make his big-league debut during Tuesday's doubleheader in Atlanta, Mets righthander Matt Harvey may not join him as originally scheduled.
Harvey is slated to start Thursday's series finale against the Cardinals.
However, weather forecasts are calling for thunderstorms all day. If the game is wiped out, manager Terry Collins said Harvey and the rest of the starting rotation will likely be bumped back a day.
"It doesn't look good, I know that," Collins said. "So, we'll just make our adjustments and move everybody back one."
A postponement today would give the Mets seven games wiped out by either rain or snow. The team already has three doubleheaders on the schedule thanks to makeup games. They already have lost two scheduled off days to makeups.
June 24 is the only common off day for the Mets and Cardinals and would be the most likely makeup date.
Said Collins: "Obviously, I don't think anybody in baseball has gone through what we've gone through this year weather-wise."
With Wheeler in the fold, the Mets will eventually have to move a pitcher out of the starting rotation, most likely either Dillon Gee or Jeremy Hefner. However, the club has not ruled out simply stashing one of them in the bullpen.
Davis better off playing
The Mets considered holding Ike Davis out of games altogether so he could begin making changes to his swing. But Collins said the team ultimately decided that Davis would benefit from playing in games while making fixes at Triple-A Las Vegas.
"You've got to be able to apply them as fast as you can," Collins said.
First-round draft pick Dominic Smith is close to signing with the Mets. A source said that negotiations could be wrapped up over the weekend.