Jerry Manuel did some reworking of his rotation thanks to the rain.
Johan Santana was scheduled to start this rainout. Now he will go in Game 1 of the doubleheader Saturday. Pedro Martinez was originally scheduled to start the 3:55 game. Now he will be pushed back till Monday night for the opener in Washington, going on seven days’ rest. Jonathon Niese will get Game 2. We’ll see if he’s better than in his first big-league start Sept. 2 when he lasted just three-plus in Milwaukee and was charged with five runs. He shouldn’t be as nervous, in theory. But we digress. Oliver Perez will stay on turn for Sunday.
So the four-game Washington series will have Martinez, Mike Pelfrey, a starter to be named for Wednesday night (Brandon Knight?), and then Santana again. The team said it would have had to find starters for two open slots against the Nationals if Pedro wasn’t pushed back. Pedro said he would’ve preferred to pitch as scheduled, but he didn’t make a big deal out of it.
You can’t control the weather, but doubleheaders make things harder, not easy to sweep in a single day, although the Braves are 17 games under .500. The Phillies would seem to have it more difficult. They got rained out against the tougher Brewers and will have a split twinbill Sunday in Philly.
OK, that’s it from the ballpark. Feel free to post about the pitching machinations.