The Washington Times - May 4, 2009, 03:12PM

The Nats are scheduled to play at home tonight. You know what that means: Rain!

I’ve felt more like Jim Cantore lately than Red Smith. There’s precious little sportswriting to be done and plenty of meteorology to discuss.


As I sit in the press box at Nationals Park right now, it’s raining quite intensely. And based on the forecast I’m looking at, there’s anywhere from a 35 percent to 50 percent chance of more rain throughout the evening. In other words, it doesn’t look good.

Which creates yet another dilemma for the Nats, who have already this season had two postponements (April 15 vs. Phillies, now a day-night doubleheader on May 16, and yesterday vs. Cardinals, makeup date TBD) and several lengthy rain delays.

If tonight’s game is washed out, it would appear the Nats have no choice but to schedule a true afternoon doubleheader tomorrow against the Astros. They’re already scheduled to play at 12:35 p.m. because the Nats have to fly west for Wednesday night’s game at Los Angeles. So they can’t be playing a day-night doubleheader tomorrow and not taking off for the west coast until post-midnight. My best guess: They’d try to pull off a true doubleheader, starting at 12:05 p.m.

If and when the Nats ever do play, here’s the lineup Manny Acta will field…


SS Cristian Guzman

1B Nick Johnson

3B Ryan Zimmerman

LF Adam Dunn

CF Elijah Dukes

RF Austin Kearns

C Jesus Flores

2B Anderson Hernandez

P John Lannan

That’s all for now. More traffic and weather in 10 minutes, on the 8’s. Oh wait, sorry. For a moment, I forgot what I do for a living…