As was widely expected, today’s game in Minnesota has been postponed due to inclement weather. It’s been rescheduled for August 19th, on what was originally supposed to be an off day for the Mets.
The Mets now head to Colorado for a four game set with the Rockies, and the weather is expected to be even worse than it was the past three days in Minnesota. Sandy Alderson was asked whether the series might be moved to an alternate location in order to get the games in, but that clearly won’t be happening.
There are two issues in Colorado: the snow and the cold. Even if it isn’t snowing (the white stuff is expected to come down Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), the cold could render the games impossible to play. There’s no set temperature where Major League Baseball will refuse games to proceed, but it’s likely that anything under 30 degrees will fall below the unplayable threshold.
With Thursday appearing as the only day where playing is likely (it’s expected to be a balmy 38 degrees and sunny), and the high on Wednesday expected to be 29 degrees, I’d expect a doubleheader to wind up falling on Thursday. But what of the other two games? If the Rockies and Major League Baseball have any foresight, what they’ll do is preemptively change the game times for Monday and Tuesday to afternoon affairs (both are currently scheduled to be played at 6:40 PM local time).
If the games are changed from night games to afternoon contests, at least the cold won’t be as much of a factor. If it snows heavily, changing the game times will be rendered moot. However, with the lows on Monday and Tuesday expected to be in the mid 20′s, changing the game times will offer a much better chance that they’re actually played. If not, Monday through Wednesday will probably be a messy fiasco.
What’s done is done at this point as far as the scheduling is concerned. As was brought up by Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez, though, this kind of potential mess can be partly avoided if early season games in traditionally colder climates are played between division rivals only. This way, if games are unable to be played due to weather, there would be a large selection of makeup dates to choose from. The Mets weren’t scheduled to return to Minnesota, and are now losing an off day in August because of today’s postponement. Likewise, the Mets aren’t scheduled to return to Colorado again this season. If any games are unable to be played this week, it would make the Mets’ future schedule even messier.
For now, the Mets will travel to Denver and wait.