Stephen Strasburg will start NLDS Game 4 for Nationals

MLB playoffs: Cubs rally to overcome comedy of errors, grab NLDS lead

Major League Baseball announced tonight that Tuesday's Game Four of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the host Chicago Cubs on TBS will have a first pitch time of 5:38 p.m. (ET)/4:38 p.m. (CT), regardless of the outcome of tonight's NLDS Game Three between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Should the Nationals lose, their fans will be right to question the point of spending $175 million for an asset not deployed in a situation like this. But they overcame those obstacles for a 2-1 win and a 2-1 NLDS lead. After Tuesday's contest was rained out, the Nationals initially said No. 4 starter Tanner Roark will still start because Strasburg was ill.

Instead, Washington manager Dusty Baker delivered the biggest surprise of the day.

Baker went to pull Scherzer after Zobrist's double in the seventh, but Scherzer was not having it. He tried to talk Baker into leaving him in the game.

Strasburg was brilliant in Game 1, giving up two runs (both unearned) in the 3-0 defeat. The Cubs lead the series 2-1.

Jose Quintana, who made the first postseason start of his career, allowed just two hits over 5 2/3 innings and struck out seven and walked one. "And we have. It comes down to that".

"Again, that was early this morning, 8 a.m. central time, and Mike Maddux, our pitching coach, had gotten a call from Stephen prior to that that I was not aware of", he said. Strasburg has a history of arm issues. CC Sabathia finished second in the 2011 Rookie of the Year voting for Cleveland and won the Cy Young in 2007, the year before he was dealt to Milwaukee in advance of becoming a free agent and landing in New York.

For a team priding itself on stability and controlling the message, this is a terrible day.

Who knows how sick Strasburg really was heading into Wednesday afternoon.

"I know you guys are probably going to second-guess that but these guys are here to make a decision", Scherzer said. I do know what chills feel like.

Following Strasburg's Tommy John surgery, the Nationals infamously ended his 2012 season when he hit his innings limit in the regular season.

Scherzer's night was over after the Zobrist double, and Nationals southpaw Sammy Solis was charged with stemming the tide.

In the eighth, Anthony Rizzo drove in a run to push the Cubs ahead 2-1.

"Whoever wins this series, we'll be ready for that moment", Maddon said.

"I'm not sure if he was going out to do a bullpen or not or throw or run", the manager said.

These playoffs have been about the bullpens.

Strasburg, after all, was well enough to be at the ballpark Monday and Tuesday, throwing a bullpen session Monday and playing catch Tuesday.

Wade Davis is now 6-for-6 in postseason save chances.



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