Foul weather postpones Mets-Marlins opener

Foul weather postpones Mets-Marlins opener

Foul weather postpones Mets-Marlins opener

NEW YORK -- The opponent that has unsettled the Mets regularly this season has undermined them again. The weather won again Friday, causing yet another postponement, the Mets' second in two nights, their sixth in 62 dates and their first at Citi Field.

The Marlins, another Mets nemesis this season, were to have begun a three-game series Friday. The postponed game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Sept. 14.

The postponement prompted revisions of the pitching rotations for both teams. The Mets moved unbeaten Matt Harvey from Friday to Saturday afternoon and Jon Niese from Saturday to Sunday afternoon. Both games begin at 1:10 p.m. Jeremy Hefner was to have started Sunday.

The Marlins, who have beaten the Mets five times in six games -- the Fish have won 11 of 55 games otherwise -- pushed rookie Jose Fernandez from Friday night to Saturday and retained winless Tom Koehler as their Sunday starter, skipping Kevin Slowey who was to have started Saturday.

Harvey, who has a 5-0 record and 2.17 ERA in 12 starts, is the first pitcher to remain unbeaten through his first 12 starts in franchise history. The last Mets pitcher to start a season 5-0 or better was Dillon Gee who won his first seven decisions in 2011. Only eight Mets starting pitchers have begun a season with six straight victories. Harvey has allowed five earned runs in 10 1/3 innings in two no-decision starts in Miami this season. The Mets lost both games.

Niese missed his most recent scheduled start because of tendinitis in his left shoulder, a possible result of an altered pitching motion made in early May. He allowed one earned run in six innings in a no-decision against the Marlins in April.

The Mets and Marlins clubs will play, as scheduled 4:10 p.m. ET contest on Sept. 14. The rescheduled game is to be begin 30 minutes after completion of the regularly scheduled game. Tickets for Friday night's rainout will be honored for the single-admission doubleheader, as will tickets for the originally scheduled Sep. 14 game. Fans with tickets to Friday's game who are unable to attend the doubleheader can exchange their tickets from Friday's game for tickets to any remaining home game, subject to availability. Exchanges will be available at Citi Field ticket windows beginning Saturday at 9 a.m.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.