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Levine: All Systems Go For Nationals' Stephen Strasburg In Game 4

Levine: All Systems Go For Nationals' Stephen Strasburg In Game 4

On one of the most chaotic game days in their history, the Washington Nationals will start Stephen Strasburg in Wednesday afternoon's essential Game 4 of their National League Divisional Series.

Not only will the Nationals have to switch hotels on Tuesday night (nearly 200 people in all), but apparently Baker is crediting the illness of players to mold in Chicago and air conditioning in hotels.

"At the time of the rain-out Tuesday, when we were gonna announce our starter for the rain game, we went to Stras and he told me that he wanted to take the ball", Rizzo said.

"We decided to stay with Tanner because, No. 1, you know, he was slated", Baker said.

Max Scherzer said he wanted to throw 100 pitches in his return Monday from a balky right hamstring.

"I cannot look a teammate in the eye", Ross, who hit a key home run in Game 7 for the Cubs of last season's World Series and was known as the team's emotional leader, said on ESPN. First pitch for the Game 4 on Wednesday has been scheduled for 4:08 Eastern, and it will be broadcast on TBS. "And we have. It comes down to that". But outside of that momentary glimpse - which served as a reminder of just how good Washington's offense was during the regular season - the Nats simply haven't hit. It's unknown whether Strasburg's status changed due to public opinion, improved health, or some combination of the two. If he is not rattled by the events of the past two days, there might not be a hotter pitcher in baseball to send out to the mound today.

Roark is from Wilmington, Illinois, about 60 miles south of Chicago, and grew up rooting for the Cubs.

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

Scherzer, who started Monday's game after battling a hamstring injury, baffled the Cubs until Zobrist's double. I do know what chills feel like. Strasburg was dominant in Game 1 even though he suffered the loss, going seven innings and allowing two unearned runs on three hits while striking out 10.

The Cubs can thank Jose Quintana for the win. They've done their homework and they've done their job to come up with the best scenario in that situation. The final chapter will be written tonight in Cleveland. "Either way, I just want us to get there". Justin Turner-who had five RBI in Game 1-is establishing himself as one of the best postseason hitters in the game.

Update (6:31 PM ET): Ben Zobrist broke up the no-hitter with a double to left-center field with one out in the bottom of the seventh. As a result, he wasn't available to pitch in the NLDS, which the Nationals lost in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

"It really does not matter", manager Joe Maddon said of Strasburg pitching.