Mets rained out in DC; split twin bill Thursday

WASHINGTON -- The Mets still have a chance to spoil Washington's chances at home-field advantage in the playoffs. They'll just have to wait a bit longer to try.

Wednesday's game between the Mets and Nationals was postponed due to rain. The teams will play a split doubleheader on Thursday, with start times at 1:05 p.m. ET and 7:05. Tickets for Wednesday's game are good for the 1:05 p.m. half of the doubleheader, featuring Mets right-hander Dillon Gee against Washington's Blake Treinen. Zack Wheeler will start opposite Gio Gonzalez in Game 2.

About an hour before Wednesday's scheduled first pitch, a steady drizzle began falling at Nationals Park. The forecast called for heavier rain to douse the area throughout the night, opening up the possibility of a long delay, a drenched field or both. So with the game still plenty meaningful for the Nationals, the two teams agreed to play a doubleheader on Thursday rather than wait out the rain.

Though the Mets are out of playoff contention and Washington has clinched the division, the Nats are still playing for home-field advantage throughout the postseason. That also would earn them the right to play the winner of the National League Wild Card Game instead of a division winner in the NLDS.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.