Stephen Strasburg to start for the Washington Nationals today after all


The Nationals announced their pitching choice on Twitter a little less than six hours before the deciding game is scheduled to begin at Nationals Park on Thursday night. Roark's hardly awful, and there are a ton of scenarios in which the Nats win Wednesday even without Strasburg working, then still have Strasburg lined up for Game 5 on Thursday back in DC. Gonzalez started Game 5 and the Nationals lost, despite jumping out to a 6-0 lead.

Game 4 of the National League Division Series being rained out Tuesday provided what looked like a break for the Nationals, who trail 2-1 against the Cubs.

Game 4 was postponed from Tuesday, giving the Nationals a chance to start Strasburg on regular rest.

Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago.

But later, Nationals officials clarified that Baker misspoke and that Strasburg actually threw his bullpen Monday ahead of Game 3, the Washington Post reported.

He was masterful for the seven innings he pitched, striking out 12 batters, including Kris Bryant three times. But the Nationals have never won a playoff series in franchise history, and it'd be hard to stomach another early postseason exit with Strasburg watching from the bench.

According to the skipper, if Hendricks is unable to go far into the game, then it will be an all-hands-on-deck kind of game, and Jose Quintana will be available for the team if he's needed out of the bullpen.