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Mets-Nationals postponed; doubleheader set for Saturday

Rather than endure what might have been a lengthy delay, the Mets and Nationals postponed their Friday night game in Washington shortly before first pitch. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at Nationals Park beginning at 3:05 p.m. ET. Game 2 will begin 30-45 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.

Friday’s originally scheduled Mets starter, Rick Porcello, will pitch one of Saturday’s games, each of which will be seven innings long. Jacob deGrom will start the other, trying to make a final push to his third consecutive National League Cy Young Award. The team has not announced which pitcher will start which game.

The Mets entered play on Friday needing a win to keep their microscopic playoff hopes alive. Their odds to make the postseason stood at 2.1 percent, according to FanGraphs data. To make an improbable run at October, the Mets will need to win all their remaining games and hope the Marlins, Phillies and Giants stumble multiple times.