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Friday, August 26, 2011
Saturday, Sunday postponed

By Adam Rubin

Hurricane Irene has prompted the postponement of Saturday and Sunday's games against the Atlanta Braves. Those games will be made up as a single-admission doubleheader on Sept. 8, a mutual off-day, at 4:10 p.m. Saturday tickets will be good for Sept. 8. Sunday tickets must be exchanged for a ticket of comparable value.

The Mets had discussed moving Saturday's game from 4:10 p.m. to 12:10 or 1:10 p.m., but needed approval from city officials. The New York Times reported city public transportation will be shut down at noon Saturday, making a game impractical.

The weekend cancellations alleviate the need for two starters during next week's series against the Florida Marlins. The Mets still need a replacement for Jon Niese that series, with Miguel Batista appearing logical after he was promoted Friday.

The Mets now will not need a spot starter until next Friday at Washington, after rosters have expanded. (Chris Schwinden or Pat Misch?)

The need for a spot starter Friday arises because with no game Sunday and a doubleheader Monday, one of Monday's starters otherwise would be required to pitch on short rest three days later.