Detroit Tigers Weather Update: Casey Mize's return to the mound postponed (updated)

The Mets think there may be a 2-hour window in the rain to get the game in

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UPDATE: The game will start in a rain delay, per the Mets.

UPDATE 2: The Mets announced the game has been postponed and rescheduled for 1:10 p.m. on Thursday.

It's been a cold, rainy day in Queens, and not only do its residents have to suffer — so might both New York Mets and Detroit Tigers fans. Rain has been in the forecast and will continue into Thursday after the Tigers are expected to head back to Comerica Park for their Home Opener against the Oakland Athletics.

In Monday's game, the name of the game was pitching until Tigers bats found some life in extra innings. Today, the Tigers are scheduled to put another starter fans should be watching very closely on the mound: Casey Mize, finally making his return after pitching only 10 innings in 2022 and undergoing Tommy John, which kept him out for all of 2023.

The game at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET, but rain isn't expected to let up until around 9 p.m.. Per Anthony DiComo, both teams intend to play, but it may come after a significant delay.

Detroit Tigers Weather Update: A rain delay might keep Casey Mize off the mound for at least a few more hours

Mize is still looking to be the kind of major league pitcher the Tigers were desperately hoping he'd be when they took him with the first overall pick in the 2018 draft. In 2021, his rookie season, he pitched just over 150 innings for a 3.71 ERA — promising, but maybe not quite the Tigers' tempo yet. His return has been much-anticipated and much-needed to back up Tarik Skubal, Kenta Maeda, Jack Flaherty, and Reese Olson and solidify the Tigers rotation.

He's expected to face off against new Mets starter Adrian Houser, who was also frequently bogged down by injuries during his years in Milwaukee. The Mets' lineup Mize will work against has been a little worse for wear to start the season, but that might be an understatement. They're currently tied for last place with the Chicago White Sox, who the Tigers took on during their first series of the year, in runs scored.

We should stay hopeful for a game to go forward today so we can watch the Tigers trounce the Mets again (but maybe start that trouncing in earlier innings, please), but will keep you updated here as things progress.