The Pitch Count Was The Only Thing That Counted
In a situation like this, it’s difficult to say who was at fault, if in fact, someone was actually at fault. Still, the Mets and Braves played three plus innings before the rains came.
The two teams played despite all forecasts indicating heavy rains were going to come at some point tonight. It might’ve arrived early, but still, they knew it was coming. Despite this, the Braves, umpires, etc. decided to play a game which presumably wasn’t going to be able to be played to completion.
What doesn’t go away was the 68 pitches or the three innings Wheeler threw. Those things matter for a pitcher who is coming back from a two year odyssey stemming from his 2015 Tommy John surgery.
For all the talk baseball has about protecting their pitchers, tonight should be a teaching point. Don’t make pitchers pitch in the rain on a night you don’t have a realistic window to play nine innings. You would think that’s obvious, but apparently, it isn’t.