NEW YORK (AP) – New Mets owner, same old dysfunction.
Marcus Stroman criticized New York for starting Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins in persistent rain. Stroman's performance lasted only nine pitches before the game was interrupted, and the game was suspended after a 2 hour and 10 minute wait to resume on August 31 as part of a day-night doubleheader.
“This game should never have been started. Not smart at all, ”Stroman tweeted during the delay. “Those circumstances put everyone at risk. Except fortunately, no players were injured on either side. I hate having to wait another 5 days to pitch again. That's a miserable feeling. "
The Mets, sometimes known for their confusion among the Wilpon and Katz families, were bought during the off-season by hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen, who brought back Sandy Alderson as team president.
The game started at 1.10 p.m. and was stopped by plate umpire D.J. Reyburn at seven minutes. Home teams decide whether to start matches. Once a match has started, referees decide whether to stop play due to bad weather.
"That's how Straw is, outspoken. He's open, talks and says what he feels," said Rojas. "He didn't share anything this morning. He's getting ready. He did his routine. He just waited. on communication, whether we start on time or not. "
Rojas said Mets Ballpark operations personnel had consulted the weather services and that he was the one who told Stroman that the game was starting on time. Stroman was not made available to reporters after his brief jaunt.
Rojas did not think that the starting pitcher should be consulted on whether or not to start in situations like this.
"This is the trial," said the manager. “The starting pitcher isn't usually in the middle of the process of what we're looking at. The communication is the part they trust. I think it comes down to trust. And that's what happened today.
“Straw heard the message that we were going, that we were good to play. And I think there was the confidence of OK, yes, we're going. It was not the case. And I think we may now be disappointed with the decision. But now we just have to move forward. I don't think the process will change. "
Rojas said it was not clear whether he would have to wait until Friday for his next turn that the Mets wanted to judge him in the next few days.
Rojas said there were two meetings before the game and the forecast was for a lighter rain to a fog, the second around noon.
"Maybe it's a wrong decision right now, but it's what we saw," he said.
While Rojas Stroman started, Miami-manager Don Mattingly chose to use reliever John Curtiss as opener. Curtiss never made it to the hill.
"We're not sure where we'll end up with this weather. They've opened the gate, so they're clearly going to try to play," said Mattingly about 1 hour and 20 minutes before the start. the weather is still a bit in the air, so yeah, I just felt like it (using a lightener) was the safest way to go. "
Only two players hit. Corey Dickerson singled and Starling Marte flied out.
Stroman deliberately worked in the rain, throwing out wet balls, and twice forcing Reyburn to get new baseballs.
There were about 1,000 fans in the seats when the game started, and by the time Jesús Aguilar walked to the batter's box, the dirt in the courtyard was shiny and slick with water. The match was halted after a pair of splitters in the sand left Aguilar a 2-0 count.
& # 39; The field quickly got out of hand, & # 39; Mattingly said. "If they thought it was going to be like this, I don't think they would have started."
TO GO DOWNSTAIRS
Michael Conforto fell from third to sixth in the batting order. After his final season before qualifying for free agency, Conforto moves to a 3 for 21 (.143) start with no homers and three RBI's.
LHP Daniel Castano was recalled from the alternate training location and OF Lewis Brinson was given an option there.
THE TRAINER'S ROOM
Marlins: C Jorge Alfaro (left hamstring) has not played since Tuesday and Miami hopes he can play on Monday.
Mets: 1B J.D. Davis (bruised left hand from hit by pitch Tuesday) still has discomfort while swinging.
Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (0-1) opens a series in Atlanta, where RHP Huascar Ynoa (0-0) starts.
Mets: LHP David Peterson (0-1) starts for the Mets in a series opener against Philadelphia and RHP Chase Anderson (0-1). Taijuan Walker follows for the Mets in the second game.