Bill Ladson

Nats rained out, set for split doubleheader Thursday

WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's game between the Nationals and Mets was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a split doubleheader Thursday, with Game 1 starting at 1:05 p.m. ET. The second game will start at 7:05.

Fans with tickets to Wednesday's postponed contest may use their original tickets for the 1:05 p.m. rescheduled game on Thursday. Those unable to attend the 1:05 game on Thursday can exchange their tickets for any game during the 2014 regular season or any regular or value games in April of the 2015 season. Exchanged tickets will be issued from available inventory in the closest pricing category of equal or lesser value to the original seats.

Right-hander Blake Treinen will start the first game Thursday, while left-hander Gio Gonzalez, Wednesday's scheduled starter, will pitch the second game at Nationals Park.

The Nationals, who currently lead the race for the National League's best record and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, are also playing a split doubleheader on Friday against the Marlins in D.C. Right-handers Taylor Hill and Doug Fister will pitch in those games. It has not yet been decided who will go first.

Recent DHs on back-to-back days
The Nats will play a DH on both Thursday and Friday
Year Teams Dates  
2006 ATL and PHI Sept. 2 & 3
2006 NYY and BOS Sept. 16 & 17
1992 MTL and LA July 7 & 8*
1984 DET and BOS Aug. 6 & 7**
* Clubs also played DH July 6
** DET also played DH Aug. 5, vs. KC

Hill was in the instructional league getting ready for Friday's start, which will be his first in the big leagues. This will be Hill's second big league stint with the Nationals. He made his Major League debut on June 25 against the Brewers. He went on to allow two runs and 4 1/3 innings as a reliever.

"It's not ideal, but we can't do much about the weather," manager Matt Williams said. "The weather is pretty bad tonight. It looks like it's not getting out of here before tomorrow morning. Rather than wait around all night and get out of here late, we decided to play two tomorrow. We are not the only team that's had to play a doubleheader this year."

Williams said the regulars will play one game of each doubleheader on Thursday and Friday.

"We have a lot of position players here, so a lot of the guys that are here will get a chance to play the next two days," Williams said.

The moves mean Stephen Strasburg will pitch Saturday against the Marlins, while Jordan Zimmermann, who is dealing with shoulder issues, will pitch the final game of the regular season. Tanner Roark most likely will pitch out of the bullpen the rest of the way.

The Nationals play the first game of the National League Division Series starting Oct. 3, at home. Their opponent has yet to be determined.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.