Mets owner Steve Cohen apologizes to ‘furious’ Marlins after unplayable field postpones crucial game

Postseason races heated up around baseball Tuesday night, with the Phillies clinching their spot and both wild-card races tightening. However, one contender didn’t play: the Miami Marlins. And they weren’t thrilled about it.

After an unplayable field led their game against the Mets to be postponed, the Marlins were “furious,” according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Rain from Tropical Storm Ophelia stopped near 5 p.m. ET at Citi Field, only for the game to be called off three hours later. 

“Tropical Storm Ophelia brought heavy precipitation to the area. We are trying to make the field conditions playable,” the Citi Field scoreboard read during Tuesday night’s delay.

According to SNY, the field was left uncovered during the storm Saturday because the forecast indicated there would be enough time for it to dry by the time Tuesday’s game arrived. Just a few miles away, the Yankees played games on both Sunday and Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Mets owner Steve Cohen acknowledged the Marlins’ frustrations Wednesday, tweeting his team’s “sincere apologies” for the postponement. “We know how important this series is to the Marlins and every effort was made to get the field playable,” Cohen said. 

In the middle of a tight NL wild-card race, the Marlins will be forced to play six games in five days as a result of the postponement. A doubleheader is scheduled for Wednesday, followed by the series finale in New York and a series in Pittsburgh. With Sandy Alcantara and Eury Perez injured, the schedule could create havoc for the Marlins’ pitching plans.

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Marlins wild card standings

For the Marlins, every detail matters in the final week of the regular season. Miami entered Tuesday a game behind the Cubs and Diamondbacks in the NL wild-card race. Arizona won, but Chicago’s collapse means Miami sits just a half-game out as of Wednesday.

Because the Marlins have a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Cubs, a two-way tie for the final spot would send Miami to the postseason.

Here’s a look at the NL wild-card picture entering Wednesday, with two games on the slate for Miami. 

Position Team Record GB
WC1 Phillies* 88-69 +6.0
WC2 Diamondbacks 83-74 +1.0
WC3 Cubs 82-75
Marlins 81-75 0.5
Reds 81-77 1.5
Padres 78-80 4.5

* — Clinched postseason berth

The Phillies have already locked themselves into the No. 4 seed in the National League, so they will host the No. 5 seed in a Wild Card Series.

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