DENVER — You know what they say about weather at this time of year: April showers bring . . . doubleheaders.
More showers — this time, the snowy kind — forced the postponement of the Mets’ game against the Rockies on Friday night. They will make it up Saturday as part of a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m., their second twinbill in less than a week, after their sweep of the Phillies on Tuesday.
The Mets will use Jacob deGrom, whose start has been pushed back two days, in the first game. Joey Lucchesi, in his first start and second appearance with the Mets, will get the ball for the second game. Each game is scheduled for seven innings.
This is the latest in a bizarre series of early-season events for the Mets, who have had their scheduled game postponed (or suspended) on seven of 14 days — including Sunday, Monday, Thursday and now Friday.
By the time they take the field Saturday, the Mets will have played just one nine-inning game in the past week. They have played eight games since spring training ended March 29.
The Friday postponement was different from the others. Instead of the Nationals’ COVID-19 outbreak or rain in New York, Mets-Rockies got scrapped because of snow and cold. Denver got about six inches of snow Thursday into Friday, with more possible Friday night, when temperatures threatened to dip into the 20s.
That marked the Mets’ first snowout since April 2, 2018, against the Phillies at Citi Field. Snow also postponed their April 15, 2013, game in Colorado.
The Mets landed at Denver International Airport during the brunt of the storm Thursday night, and several players documented the wintry conditions on Instagram.
"Are we doing this, Colorado?" Francisco Lindor asked the camera.
Marcus Stroman remarked to Kevin Pillar, his former Blue Jays teammate: "KP, it’s a blizzard. It’s like Toronto days, my guy."
Such schedule disruptions make it particularly difficult for starting pitchers — who love their every-five-games routine — to be prepared. DeGrom was supposed to pitch Thursday, but that game got rained out. His outing Saturday will be his first in a week. Other pitchers are facing similarly unusual timetables.
The upside for the Mets: An off day Monday means they won’t need a fill-in sixth starter during this stretch.
Just two weeks into the season, the Mets have played or are scheduled to play at least five doubleheaders. That includes two in Washington against the Nationals (June 19 and Sept. 4) to make up most of what was supposed to be their season-opening series, plus Aug. 31 against the Marlins at Citi Field.
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