Dominic Smith's failure to produce in the clutch only further delayed the Mets' efforts to quickly escape Miami's Thursday's home opener. With MLB drug testers at Marlins Park awaiting urine sample from Smith, the Mets first baseman simply couldn You go, delaying the team bus about 40 minutes Wednesday night. The Mets were facing a flight home and quick turnaround for their afternoon game against the Nationals
Smith said he was informed around the ninth inning that he would be tested after the game, and began drinking copious amounts of water.
"I had to wait, but I didn't go enough, so I had to wait until my bladder was ready to go," Smith said after the Mets' 4-0 loss to the Nationals.
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The delay caused manager Mickey Callaway to change the report time on Thursday.
Smith said, "Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler have flip-flopped in the rotation, allowing Callaway to separate his left-handed starting pitchers." Matz will now pitch Saturday, a day ahead of Wheeler, with Jason Vargas next in line. Previously, Matz and Vargas were back-to-back in the rotation
Gil Hodges Jr., the son of former Mets player and manager Gil Hodges, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Ed Kranepool. The older Hodges managed the Mets to a World Series title in 1969, and the team is celebrating the 50th anniversary of that triumph this season. Hodges Sr., who died before the 1972 season, was born 95 years ago Thursday (April 4, 1924).
The Mets fell to 37-21 in home openers, which includes a 7-4 mark at Citi Field. They had been shut out in a home opener since April 10, 1992, against the Expos.