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District On Deck Oct 12, 2017

Washington Nationals force Game 5 with statement victory

The Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 in a must-win Game 4; here are five takeaways from the statement victory. The Washington Nationals fell behind the Chicago Cubs 2-1, making Game 4 a must-win. The game was scheduled to be played on Tuesday with Illinois-native Tanner Roark on the mound; however, a rain-out allowed Stephen […] Washington Nationals force Game 5 with statement victory - District on Deck - District on Deck - A Washington Nationals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bless You Boys Oct 12, 2017
Detroit Tigers Links: Dusty Baker needs Max Scherzer in Game 5

Detroit Tigers Links: Dusty Baker needs Max Scherzer in Game 5

Meanwhile the Tigers’ rumors center around Alex Cora for manager. Drama loves Dusty Baker So, the Washington Nationals fought off elimination in game four, despite a whole pile of weird that prefaced Wednesday’s matchup against the Chicago Cubs. Ace starter Stephen Strasburg—Schrodinger’s Cat in this experiment—existed for 24 hours in a state of uncertainty. He was sick with the flu or wasn’t. He’d thrown a bullpen before Tuesday’s rainout of Game 3. Or he’d thrown it on Monday. He wanted to start, but maybe no he really didn’t. Tanner Roark was going to start, but so...
Federal Baseball Oct 12, 2017
Wire Taps: Stephen Strasburg rewrites legacy; Gio Gonzalez or Tanner Roark for Nationals tonight; Win or go home...

Wire Taps: Stephen Strasburg rewrites legacy; Gio Gonzalez or Tanner Roark for Nationals tonight; Win or go home...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of Game 5 with the Cubs in D.C. Alright, so here we are again. Today. And heading into the game, all that anyone will want to talk about is pitching — who starts, who relieves who, etc., etc. But I’m here to remind you that this series has continued to belong to the team able to score just enough. So, yet again: If the Nats don’t hit, they don’t win. Everything that could’ve sunk them on that front yesterday could very well sink them tonight. Hitting is what matters for this team tonight, end of story (although some...
Washington Times Oct 11, 2017

Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez... Max Scherzer are options for Game 5?

CHICAGO -- Tanner Roark was set to pitch Wednesday. As someone who grew up a Chicago Cubs fans, Roark knew what pitching in Wrigley Field during the playoffs meant. His start was stalled by Stephen Strasburg's new antibiotics. Strasburg surprised himself, Washington pitching coach Mike Maddux and Nationals manager Dusty ...
CBS Chicago Oct 11, 2017
Cubs’ Jose Quintana Available In Relief Of Kyle Hendricks In Game 5, If Needed

Cubs’ Jose Quintana Available In Relief Of Kyle Hendricks In Game 5, If Needed

The Nationals are unsure if they'll start Gio Gonzalez or Tanner Roark on Thursday night.
CBS DC Oct 11, 2017
CONFIRMED: Strasburg to Start Game 4 vs. Cubs

CONFIRMED: Strasburg to Start Game 4 vs. Cubs

Stephen Strasburg (not Tanner Roark) will start Game 4, Nationals confirm.
Federal Baseball Oct 11, 2017
NLDS 2017: Official - Stephen Strasburg is starting for Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs today in NLDS Game 4...

NLDS 2017: Official - Stephen Strasburg is starting for Washington Nationals vs Chicago Cubs today in NLDS Game 4...

Washington’s Nationals made it official Stephen Strasburg will start against the Chicago Cubs at 4:08 PM EDT in Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the NLDS. The Washington Nationals just made the official announcement. Stephen Strasburg is starting Game 4 of the NLDS vs the Chicago Cubs. Less than twenty-four hours after Strasburg’s flu-like symptoms made the Nationals decide to stick with Tanner Roark who was scheduled to start Game 4 before it was postponed by rain on Tuesday night, and after a firestorm of media coverage of the decision and the handling of the news, Strasburg will actually...
CBS Chicago Oct 11, 2017
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo Defends Stephen Strasburg: He Tried ‘To Put His Balls On The Line,’ But We Chose Tanner Roark

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo Defends Stephen Strasburg: He Tried ‘To Put His Balls On The Line,’ But We Chose Tanner Roark

"He was just toasted really, really fast in the bullpen," Rizzo says of Strasburg.
CBS DC Oct 11, 2017
Nats GM Gets Chippy Defending Decision to Start Roark Over Strasburg

Nats GM Gets Chippy Defending Decision to Start Roark Over Strasburg

Nats GM gets chippy in radio interview defending decision to pitch Tanner Roark in Game 4.
Larry Brown Sports Oct 11, 2017

Nats GM Mike Rizzo says Stephen Strasburg ‘looked sick’

Stephen Strasburg is not expected to start Game 4 of the NLDS despite a rainout giving him an extra day of rest, and the team insists that has to do with the pitcher being ill. After Game 4 was postponed on Tuesday, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tanner Roark is still going to start the...Read More
Federal Baseball Oct 11, 2017
NLDS 2017: Washington Nationals’ Tanner Roark ready for Game 4 vs Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field...

NLDS 2017: Washington Nationals’ Tanner Roark ready for Game 4 vs Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field...

It’s not going to be Stephen Strasburg today in Game 4 of the NLDS with the Cubs, but Nationals’ starter Tanner Roark is determined to send the series back to D.C. “We're going to go as planned with Tanner,” Dusty Baker told reporters on Tuesday, announcing it was going to be Tanner Roark starting for the Washington Nationals instead of Stephen Strasburg in Game 4 of the NLDS with the Chicago Cubs. It was somewhat surprising, after speculation that Strasburg could potentially start with regular rest because of the postponement of the fourth game of the series. “We feel very...
Over the Monster Oct 11, 2017
MLB Roundup 10/11: Cubs-Nationals rained out; J.D. Martinez’ market is forming

MLB Roundup 10/11: Cubs-Nationals rained out; J.D. Martinez’ market is forming

A day without baseball Cubs-Nationals Game Four Postponed to Wednesday Well, there was supposed to be one MLB playoff game on the docket on Tuesday, but Mother Nature had different plans. The game was washed away due to rain, and Chicago’s chance to clinch the series will have to wait until 5:00 PM ET on Wednesday. This should have been a big deal for the Nationals, as they were set to start Tanner Roark in Game Four. However, the postponement gave them a chance to start Stephen Strasburg on full rest. That will not happen, either due to illness, Strasburg throwing a bullpen on Tuesday,...
Federal Baseball Oct 11, 2017
Wire Taps: Why Stephen Strasburg won’t start; Dusty Baker’s future shouldn’t depend on playoffs; Tanner Roark + Jake Arrieta are similar

Wire Taps: Why Stephen Strasburg won’t start; Dusty Baker’s future shouldn’t depend on playoffs; Tanner Roark + Jake Arrieta are similar

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of Game 4 of the NLDS with the Cubs... Every stat, every number would suggest that today will be the final day of the Nationals’ season. There’s no logical reason to think that the Nats can break out of this slump, that Tanner Roark can turn into Max Scherzer, that Trea Turner will finally get on base. The Nats have 27 outs to work with. Let’s see what they can do anyways, just for the hell of it: For what looks like it’ll be the last time this season (and today, we mean it, because there’s no rain in the forecast):...
Federal Baseball Oct 11, 2017
Pros and cons of Tanner Roark starting NLDS Game 4 for the Washington Nationals

Pros and cons of Tanner Roark starting NLDS Game 4 for the Washington Nationals

It can be tempting to press the panic button because Stephen Strasburg isn’t starting game 4. Don’t panic; Tanner can bring the series home. The Nationals are terrible with rain delays. They’ll play through rain and their superstar gets injured trying to leg out a single. Other times they place a game in rain delay only for it to sprinkle a bit before letting up. This time, though, a rain delay was in their favour. This time, a rain delay meant Stephen Strasburg could pitch a win-or-go-home game at Wrigley Field. Strasburg could get the series back to DC, back to Gio, back to the one...
CBS Chicago Oct 10, 2017
Amid Confusion, Nationals Stay With Tanner Roark In Game 4 Over Stephen Strasburg

Amid Confusion, Nationals Stay With Tanner Roark In Game 4 Over Stephen Strasburg

Strasburg has come down ill, with manager Dusty Baker citing curious reasons.

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