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[UPDATED 6:09 p.m.]
Tuesday's game between the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers has been postponed due to inclement weather with rain falling in the D.C. region throughout the day. The teams will make it up on Thursday, May 9 at 4:05 p.m. as both teams had a scheduled day off after the two-game series.
Postponing the game before first pitch allows both teams to keep the same starting pitchers for Wednesday's matchup. Jordan Zimmermann and Anibal Sanchez were both expected to start on Tuesday and will now pitch the following day. This moves Dan Haren and Doug Fister over to pitch on Thursday.
Nats manager Davey Johnson expressed hope before the announcement was made that the game would either be played or postponed before first pitch. He was concerned he would lose Zimmermann for the start if he pitched a few innings before the game was called.
"The worst thing that can happen is you have a window and they decide to start and there's a whole bunch of rain behind it. That's the only nervous part about the whole thing," he said.
A team spokesman announced the postponement just after 4:30 on Tuesday which helped Zimmermann adjust his day before getting too far into his pregame routine.
"Got out of my street clothes for 15 minutes and then they cancel the game so it wasn't like I was in game mode yet," he said. "I'll come back tomorrow and do it all over."
The one concern is Zimmermann's tendency to struggle in starts when he has more than four days rest. In his career he holds a 2.61 ERA when pitching on a normal schedule and a 4.33 mark with five days off or more. His last outing was May 1 at Atlanta, so Wednesday would give him five days in between starts.
It is a statistical contrast Zimmermann is aware of, but can't explain.
"I know my numbers aren't as good when I get more days off," he said. "I feel the same, I still feel good every time, it's just one of those fluke things that the more days off the worse my numbers are for whatever reason. Hopefully I can change that tomorrow."
The Nationals and Tigers are set to play on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m., but the forecast calls for another day of rain with scattered thunderstorms.