Stephen Strasburg now expected to start for the Nationals


Stephen Strasburg is set to start Wednesday's elimination game for the Washington Nationals, one night after the Nationals offered vague - and in one case inaccurate - explanations as to why he would not start. The Nationals pushed back ace Max Scherzer's debut in the NLDS until Game 3 because of a "tweaked" hamstring he sustained in his final start of the regular season. He allowed two unearned runs while striking out 10 in Game 1 and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. "I don't want to say 'pressure, ' but, yeah, I mean, the tension builds a little bit, I'll be honest with you".

"If I'm his teammate", ESPN analyst and former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross said, "and I walk in the clubhouse the next day, I can't make eye contact with this dude". It is not known whether the delay will impact the starting pitchers, which would have been Jake Arieta for the Cubs and Tanner Roark for the Nationals had the game been played as scheduled.

"We saw our doctors, they aggressively put him on an antibiotic regimen, anti-inflammatories and fluid IVs".

Even as poorly as the Cubs' played - the Nationals scored in the sixth after a double-error by left fielder Kyle Schwarber - they again found a way. I have Heyward in instead of Schwarber because of his numbers (.405 lifetime) against Strasburg.

But then, presumably the Nats know Strasburg better than anybody, and perhaps they know it to be a bad idea to let Strasburg start without proper preparation.

Strasburg, who had a no-hitter for 52/3 innings before losing Game 1, was unable to perform his normal duties leading up to his start but should be available if there's a Game 5. "Their guy - give Scherzer a lot of credit, man, to come off that injury like he did and pitch as well as he did, that's phenomenal". Here is what you need to know. Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, today told Morosi that Strasburg had "flulike symptoms" yesterday, and now, after all of that, Strasburg will take the mound tonight in Chicago.

The Cubs can thank Jose Quintana for the win.

"That's just the way we're built, as a family", Almora said. Hundreds of thousands of words had already been written and spoken, it seemed, about Strasburg not starting on Wednesday before someone had a change of heart. As a team, this has helped them to keep from pushing the panic button even when things are not working on the field.

"Legally you could make the switch", Rizzo said.

Ben Zobrist teed up a Scherzer fastball in the seventh inning and drove a double into the left-center field gap.

"It really does not matter", manager Joe Maddon said of Strasburg pitching. He is 0 for 12 and has yet to reach base. "Our offense, the idea is just to go out there and do what we are capable of doing".

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