With a night of heavy rain forecasted for the North Side of Chicago, MLB postponed Game 4 of the NLDS and announced tonight that the game will be played tomorrow afternoon at 4:08 PM EDT instead.
Before tonight’s game was officially washed out Washington Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker was asked if he would consider the possibility of using Stephen Strasburg for a second time in the series in place of Tanner Roark, who was officially scheduled to go against the Cubs.
“We're not sure,” Baker said. “So we don't know the weather, it's not raining yet, but they talk like it's going to really rain. So you know, we'll see.”
Baker was asked what the process for making that decision would be if they did in fact decide to go with Strasburg on what would be normal rest for the 29-year-old righty.
“The process would start between [Pitching Coach] Mike Maddux and myself,” Baker explained, “and then we talk to Strasburg if we were serious about doing it. You have to, you know, change guys' bullpens around, because guys, especially at this time of year, you know, our guys are routine. They have their own routine.
“And you know, as of right now, you know, Tanner is pitching today, and so we'll make that determination if and only when the game is called.”
Strasburg who held the Cubbies hitless through five in Game 1 of the NLDS, ended up giving up three hits and two unearned runs, striking out 10 of the 26 batters he faced in what ended up a 3-0 loss.
Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon said that he would stick with today’s scheduled starter Jake Arrieta regardless of when Game 4 was played.
More information on the Nationals’ plans when it’s available...
Tonight's game has been postponed until tomorrow at 4:08 pm ET. pic.twitter.com/ZVwYPgpI8f— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 10, 2017
UPDATE: Baker said they’re sticking with Tanner Roark tomorrow:
Tanner Roark will start tomorrow.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 10, 2017
Dusty said Strasburg is a little under the weather and threw a bullpen today. He has “full confidence in Tanner.”— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 10, 2017