Isn't weather a wonderful thing? A little rain (okay, a lot of rain) is threatening the Mets weekend series with the Marlins that will close out Shea Stadium. It would be a shame, I suppose, that the Mets wouldn't have the same opportunity as the Yankees had to say farewell to their home for the last 40 or so years. Worse though, is the effect that it could have on the playoffs this year.
Let's say the Mets/Marlins game gets rained out Friday and Saturday. They'll have to play a doubleheader against Florida on Sunday, but that only makes up one game. Every game is going to count, because the Mets are one of three team vying for two playoff spots, so they would presumably have to play on Monday as well. Adding even more bad news is they may then have to play a play-in game against the Brewers (or Phillies) on Tuesday. The playoffs then start on Wednesday, with no rest. Yay, fun!
Of course, they could always play in a neutral site, something that as of this morning MLB had no plans for. Or they could push the playoffs back. In which case, the heads of all the Houston players would instantly explode, as they were told that the playoffs could in way shape or form be pushed back, thus forcing them to play the Cubs at a neutral site called dubbed by Cub fans as "Wrigley North."
I think I can say with 100% certainty that MLB is not praying for rain.