PITTSBURGH - The Nationals' bad luck with the weather this month has continued. Their game with the Pirates tonight has been rained out, meaning they've had a scheduled game postponed for the third time in seven days. It's the seventh time in 23 days Washington hasn't played a game.
The game will be made up Monday at 7:05 pm - another decision that rankled plenty of players. The Nationals were supposed to be off Monday before starting a homestand against the Mets and Giants, and instead of getting home to spend time with their families, the Nationals will arrive in Washington late Monday night after finishing the series with the Pirates.
If anything, Nationals players would have preferred a day game. Instead, they'll spend an extra day in Pittsburgh and have a quick, but late, flight home Monday night.
"Guys are just kind of frustrated. It's just not ideal," said reliever Drew Storen, who is the Nationals' player representative. "I think guys wanted that off day. The fact that we had a mutual off day between teams, they said you got to get the game in. Guys kind of just want to spend time with their family more than anything. If there's any frustration, that's why."
The delay does have one benefit for the Nationals; John Lannan, who was supposed to pitch Sunday on short rest, will now pitch Monday night on regular rest. Livan Hernandez will start Saturday, and Jason Marquis will pitch Sunday.