Marlins-Mets game suspended: What rainout means for Miami’s schedule, playoff scenarios

Thursday was shaping up to a terrific night for the Marlins, who already held the National League’s final wild card spot as a result of a tiebreaker over the Cubs.

Chicago lost to the Braves in Atlanta, and Miami rallied to take a 2-1 lead over the Mets in the ninth inning. Had that result held, the Marlins would have been able to clinch a postseason berth as early as Friday.

The score did hold — because the game was interrupted by rain. After a debacle that ended in the postponement of Tuesday’s game, rain swept through Citi Field in the ninth inning and led to a rain delay lasting about three hours.

Marlins manager Skip Schumaker was visibly frustrated by the end of the night. He was on the field, helping remove the tarp when it appeared both teams would try to find a window to play the remainder of the game. That idea was quickly abandoned, and Schumaker was caught animatedly going back and forth with officials on the field.

At 12:58 a.m. ET, the game was officially suspended. With only three days left in the regular season and a razor-thin postseason race at play, the decision could have ripple effects throughout the National League.

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Here’s what you need to know about when the Marlins will resume the game, and what their playoff scenarios look like entering Friday.

Marlins updated schedule

The Marlins headed to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in their final series of the regular season. As it stands now, though, their regular season might not end when everyone else’s does on Sunday. 

If the NL wild-card race hasn’t been decided by the end of Sunday’s games, the Marlins will travel back to New York to resume Thursday’s suspended game where it left off. If seeding for all teams has already been determined by the end of Sunday, Miami won’t need to resume the game.

Yes, that means the Marlins might need to fly from Pittsburgh to New York, play less than an inning, and then fly elsewhere to start the Wild Card Series on Tuesday.

Here’s a complete look at the Marlins’ updated schedule with the resumption of the suspended game now on the docket.

Day Opponent Time (ET)
Sept. 29 at Pirates 6:35 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Pirates 6:35 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Pirates 3:05 p.m.
Oct. 2* at Mets (Suspended game) 1:10 p.m.

* — if necessary

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NL wild card standings

Here is a look at the updated NL wild card standings entering Friday’s action.

Position Team Record GB
WC1 Phillies* 89-70 +6.5
WC2 Diamondbacks 84-75 +1.5
WC3 Marlins 82-76
Cubs 82-77 0.5
Reds 81-78 1.5
Padres 79-80 3.5

* — Clinched postseason berth

The Phillies are locked into the No. 4 seed in the NL, but the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds are in play for the Marlins.

Miami holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over both the Diamondbacks and Cubs. The Marlins would also win the tiebreaker in three-team scenarios involving the Diamondbacks and Cubs or just the Cubs and Reds.

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