There is no baseball on Friday night for the Dodgers and Nationals, who saw their series opener postponed by rain. The two teams will attempt to play a split doubleheader on Saturday, with start times of 11:05 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. PT.
Here’s a shot of the ballpark, just to point out Washington’s tarp:
Whether they get either or both games in on Saturday remains to be seen. There is rain in the forecast all morning Saturday, then expected scattered thunderstorms through about 4 p.m. ET, or two hours after the first game is supposed to start.
This is the Dodgers’ only trip to Washington D.C. this season, and the most feasible other option for a makeup is June 4, an off day for both teams, with the Nationals heading home and the Dodgers traveling form Denver to Pittsburgh.
Because the Dodgers do not come back here, it is MLB’s decision about how to handle the game tonight. They have been talking about it since this morning. The league has not yet made a decision.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) May 18, 2018
Should these two teams be able to play Saturday, the Dodgers will keep their rotation order, with the Nationals flipping:
Ross Stripling will start the day game tomorrow. Rich Hill will start the night game.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) May 18, 2018
Both teams can use a 26th man for Saturday’s doubleheader, but because the doubleheader is the day after the postponement in the same series (unlike say the Dodgers’ earlier rainout makeup in San Francisco, which was three weeks later), the 26th man will only be available for the second game.
It sounds like one way or another, new Dodgers waiver claim Erik Goeddel could be activated at some point on Saturday.