New York Mets set to resume play Tuesday after COVID-19 scare (Report)

FLUSHING, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of a New York Mets logo at Shea Stadium on September 25, 2008 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The New York Mets will move from Shea Stadium at the conclusion of their 2008 season for their new home at Citi Field.

The New York Mets are set to resume play on Tuesday after two people in the organization tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday.

Baseball is back in Queens. Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the New York Mets are scheduled to return to the field Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins. Jon Heyman of MLB Network is reporting it could be a doubleheader.

The Mets missed the final game of their series with the Miami Marlins when two members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. That game is likely to be made at some point this week, as this upcoming series is the last one the Mets and Marlins will play in 2020.

It makes the most sense to play the doubleheader on Tuesday to get it out of the way before the Mets busy weekend against the New York Yankees.

The Subway Series was postponed this past weekend due to COVID-19 concerns. With the Mets and Yankees weren’t scheduled to play each other again after this weekend series something needed to be done quick. According to Sherman, MLB’s fix is to play two doubleheaders this weekend and a makeup game on Sept. 3.

That means the Mets are currently scheduled to play nine games in six days. That means the Mets are going to play six seven-inning games this week. Given their weak starting rotation, that could be a major problem.

If the Mets are going to survive playing six seven-inning games, they’re going to need their rotation to step up. The good news is that standout rookie David Peterson should come off the IL this week. The bad news is Corey Oswalt will likely have to make one more start. Robert Gsellman is also likely going to have to make a few more starts for the Mets unless they make a sudden trade.

The Mets are going to play their most crucial week of games this season. A good week and their set up to make a run for the playoffs. A bad one and they could kiss those playoff chances goodbye.

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