Slingin' in the Rain

Posted by Dave Nichols | Tuesday, September 06, 2011 | , , | 0 comments »

As of this post, the National Weather Service still predicts "100%" chance of rain at 7:05 pm tonight, the scheduled game time for tonight's matchup between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

You might have heard that tonight is also supposed to be the return of one Stephen Strasburg to the pitcher's mound after an exhaustive year of surgery, recovery and rehabilitation.

But Mother Nature has other ideas.

The Nats are, as expected, being very cautious this evening handling Strasburg in the weather.  GM Mike Rizzo told MLB Network that the team would wait until scheduled game time to make a decision about starting the game.  Manager Davey Johnson said that if they even have to delay the game, Strasburg would not warm up and Brad Peacock, who has been slated to take over after Strasburg reached his pitch count tonight anyway, would start and make his Major League debut.

The Nats are in a bad way here.  The forecast is ugly, but the last time they rained a game out early it didn't rain a drop that night.  Considering the forecasted big crowd, there's just really no good answer with how to deal with the weather this evening.

If the game is rained out, the Nats plan to have a split double-header Wednesday, with Strasburg pitching in the early gaem at 1:00 pm, but the forecast for tomorrow isn't much better than toinght.  But it's obviously hte last time the Dodgers travel this way this season, so they'll do what they can to get the three remaining games left in this series.

But we'll be here all night regardless.  Follow us on Twitter (@NatsNewsNetwork) for the latest from Nats Park.