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.