6:00 p.m. EDT update: Mother nature overruled MLB.
Tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Nationals in D.C. is again off, the Nationals announced. A split doubleheader will be played Thursday.
Both teams had agreed to call it off hours ago, but MLB intervened and insisted that the Nationals wait before calling it. With the forecast for the game still looking terrible, the Nationals got permission to postpone the game just before 6 p.m. local time.
The Dodgers announced this afternoon that Wednesday night’s game against the Nationals in D.C. had been postponed due to rain and would be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday. Nats manager Davey Johnson confirmed it, and players tweeted to the same effect.
But the game is, for the moment anyway, still on. The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that MLB stepped in and ordered the Nationals to try to get the game in tonight.
Kilgore adds that GM Mike Rizzo has been in communication with Joe Torre in the league office about the situation. Apparently, MLB is none too happy with some of the early calls on rainouts lately, even though the early calls make it easier for fans set to go to the game.
So, the two sides will at least try to play tonight. Dana Eveland and Chien-Ming Wang are the scheduled starters.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.