How Mets-Nats cancellation impacts Phillies' next series


The Phillies' early season slate just became a little more intriguing.

The New York Mets, who were scheduled to open their season Thursday evening against the Washington Nationals, will now begin their season in Philadelphia on Monday after their entire opening series was cancelled by Major League Baseball because of a COVID-19 outbreak among Nationals players and staff members:

Barring inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances (we just don't know these days!), the Phillies will have played three games against the Braves by Monday evening, and will be headed to the backend of their rotation while the Mets ostensibly will be rolling out their three best pitchers.

Unless the schedule is so out of whack that Mets manager Luis Rojas wants to avoid throwing off his pitchers' rhythms, the Phillies will likely see Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and David Peterson take the mound next week at Citizens Bank Park against Matt Moore, Chase Anderson, and Aaron Nola.

Now, it's not a total disaster for the Phils. If things had gone unchanged, deGrom still would've been the expected starting pitcher when the two teams were scheduled to meet in Queens on April 14. 

But in that case, the schedules would've lined up an ace vs. ace matchup between deGrom and Nola, whereas now we likely won't be treated to that specific pitching duel in the first month of the season.

The Mets, for what it's worth, are reportedly planning on staying and working out in Washington, D.C., and then taking a bus to Philadelphia on Sunday.

Here's hoping those affected by the Nationals' COVID-19 outbreak stay healthy and safe, and we don't have to worry about more postponements or cancellations as the young season rolls along. We'll see.

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