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Not So Fast My Friend: Dodgers, Nats Play Waiting Game

At 10:37 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, the Dodgers announced that their game tonight with the Nationals was postponed, and that the game would be made up as a doubleheader on Thursday, beginning at 10:05 a.m., with the second game starting roughly 30 minutes after the first one ended. The first game was going to be on Prime Ticket, with the second game on KCAL.

Our work here today was done, and apparently it was for the players, too. At 11:48 a.m., Dee Gordon tweeted that he was at Best Buy with Matt Kemp. See, professional ballplayers are just like us!*

*They're not like us

Apparently, both teams agreeing to postpone didn't sit well with MLB. Per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:

But MLB stepped in and told the teams to wait and try to play the game. The league did not want possible rain tomorrow to prevent the teams from playing, because the Dodgers will not have a chance to make the game up.

After speaking with former Dodger manager and current MLB executive Joe Torre, Nationals GM announced the game has not been officially rained out.

So now we wait.

The Weather Channel shows anywhere from between 45-100% chance of rain at Nationals Park during the scheduled time for tonight's game. But it was mostly the same last night, and the game was eventually played to completion.

Perhaps Gordon himself summed it up best with this tweet:


If the game does in fact get played, whether it is tonight or Game 1 on Thursday, Dana Eveland will face Chien-Ming Wang.

Eveland and Wang started against one another in Oakland on June 10, 2008. Eveland, then an Athletic, allowed two runs in the first inning on a walk and three singles, but settled down to complete six frames. He walked six batters, which would have been a career high except for the seven walks Eveland issued in his previous start. Wang, then a Yankee, pitched into the eighth inning, allowing one run for his seventh win of the season, but his season would end one start later after injuring his foot while running the bases in Houston.

After that 2008 season, both Eveland and Wang have had their struggles. Eveland has a 6.52 major league ERA in 106 innings during that span, compared to 7.03 for Wang in 81 innings. Both have had a bit of redemption in 2011 though. The 27-year old Eveland pitched relatively well in Triple A, good enough to make the PCL All-Star team, and allowed one run in eight innings in his Dodgers debut last Thursday.

Wang is 2-3 with a 4.19 ERA in seven starts this year for the Nationals. At his peak, the grounder-inducing Wang didn't strikeout many hitters. He won 19 games and finished second in the American League Cy Young balloting in 2006 with 3.14 strikeouts per nine innings. So far this season, Wang is down to 2.09 strikeouts per nine innings, a whopping nine strikeouts in seven starts this year. Wang has not struck out any one of his last 40 batters faced.

Game Time: 4:05 p.m.


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