NEW YORK (AP) _ The game between the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets was postponed by rain Wednesday and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday.

Al Leiter (1-4) will pitch the first game for the Mets against Jim Abbott (0-4). Leiter has struggled with a 6.12 ERA after signing a $32 million, four-year contract in the offseason.

``Al's been healthy, but he's made a lot of pitches where guys have gotten their bats on the ball,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. ``Guys have come up and hit some line drives against him, but I see a real competitive guy, who's going to get in a groove and help us win a lot of games.''

Masato Yoshii (3-3), the Mets most consistent starter of late, will pitch the second game against Steve Woodard (3-3). Yoshii is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last three starts after giving up 14 runs in his previous 13 1-3 innings.

The Brewers have won the first two games in the series.

Notes: The Mets have lost three in a row and have stranded a total of 23 base runners the in their last two games. ... Valentine said that Rickey Henderson could be activated Thursday. He has been bothered by a strained right knee since May 2. ... The Brewers are 14-8 on the road and just 4-11 at home so far this season. ... A news conference with Mets owner Fred Wilpon and New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed indefinitely.