08/26/11 7:04 PM ET
Mets postpone Saturday, Sunday's games
Rotation shifts, players make preparations for Hurricane Irene
By Aaron Taube / MLB.com
The Mets announced on Friday that their afternoon contests against the Braves on Saturday and Sunday have been rescheduled as a single-admission doubleheader to be played at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sept. 8.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked some residents to evacuate, and the city's emergency planning for the hurricane includes a shutdown of mass transit on Saturday.
"I lived 12 years in Florida," manager Terry Collins said. "I saw the damage it can cause, and it's not something to mess with. I'm getting out of here, I can tell you that."
Tickets for Saturday's game will be honored for admission to the doubleheader, while tickets to Sunday's game will be handled under the Mets' rain-check policy. Tickets for Sunday's game cannot be used for admission to the makeup doubleheader.
As a result, the Mets will start R.A. Dickey, originally scheduled to start Saturday, in the first leg of the Mets' Monday doubleheader against the Marlins. Dillon Gee, scheduled to start Sunday, will start the second half of that doubleheader.
Collins was skeptical the Mets would be able to play Monday because he said the wind from the hurricane is likely to knock out power across New York City.
"I've lived through this before, and I've never seen anybody bounce back after a huge storm, and then the next day, things are still going to be down," Collins said. "So I'm concerned about Monday's game, to be honest."
While Mike Pelfrey will pitch his scheduled Tuesday start, Collins said he didn't yet know if new callup Miguel Batista or D.J. Carrasco would pitch Wednesday in the place of Jon Niese, who was placed on the disabled list with a rib injury.
"Both guys will be backed up by the other guy," Collins said.
The hurricane has also changed the plans of some of the team's players. Justin Turner, Gee, Jason Pridie, Willie Harris and Bobby Parnell all live in Long Island City, which has been declared a Zone B evacuation zone. Gee is planning to go to Binghamton, N.Y., with Josh Thole, whose wife grew up there, and Turner is going to stay with Jason Isringhausen, who lives in Westbury, Long Island.
Harris, however, is unfazed.
"What can you do?" Harris said. "If you can't do nothing, why worry about it? It's coming, right? If God wants you to go, you're going, no matter where you are. You could be avoiding the hurricane and driving and get killed or something. You never know, man."
Aaron Taube is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.