After four games were cancelled due to two positive COVID-19 tests, the Mets, after two rounds of negative tests, are set to resume play on Tuesday, according to multiple sources. Because of the strangeness of the shortened 2020 schedule, this will necessitate the Mets playing potentially three doubleheaders this week.
The upcoming series at Citi Field against the Marlins is the last meeting of the two National League East clubs, and so Thursday’s missed game will need to be made up with a doubleheader one of these days. Jon Heyman reports that Tuesday ‘looks good’ for playing two.
That leaves three games against the Yankees from this weekend to be rescheduled. According to Joel Sherman, it looks like the Mets and Yankees may play doubleheaders on Friday and Sunday, with a sole, luxurious game on Saturday. The final makeup game will take place on the scheduled off day for both teams on September 3rd.
The Mets, due to HIPAA law, have not disclosed the name of either the staff member or player that tested positive, though it may become clear which player tested positive depending on game usage over the next few days.
Sherman also noted that tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, will be the first time that all 30 teams have played on the same day since July 26.
Update: The Mets make it official, with tomorrow’s first game starting at 5pm.
Official: The Mets resume their season at 5 p.m. Tuesday with a doubleheader against the Marlins.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) August 24, 2020
They also will play doubleheaders against the Yankees on Friday and Sunday.
That means nine games in six days altogether.