In a proactive measure, the NL East clubs will now play an afternoon game at Citi Field to beat out the impending rain. Steven Matz, who was scratched from Wednesday's start with stiffness in his right side, will not pitch on Thursday as originally anticipated. Tim Stauffer or Sean Gilmartin will take his place, which will force the Mets to go into the bullpen early after starting one of the lefty relievers. Jerad Eickhoff will take the hill for Philadelphia.
While the Mets are already locked into an NLDS showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers, home-field advantage remains up for grabs. New York holds a one-game advantage and the tiebreaker entering Wednesday night. Let's just hope the rain doesn't start coming down with two out in the ninth.