Stephen Strasburg likely to start for Nationals vs Cubs in Game 4

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Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

CHICAGO – It looks like Dusty Baker has had a change of heart, or perhaps one of his front line pitchers is feeling a little better today.

On Wednesday morning, reports indicate that the Nationals will indeed start Stephen Strasburg in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field at 3:08 PM. Initially, Baker said that Tanner Roark would get the start due to Strasburg being under the weather, but Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the plan has changed.

Strasburg pitched in Game 1 for the Nationals and didn’t allow a hit for the first five innings. But the Cubs got to him in the sixth as he allowed back-to-back RBI hits after an error by third baseman Anthony Rendon.  He wasn’t charged with earned runs in either case and went through the 7th inning with ten strikeouts.

With Tuesday’s rainout and the Nationals facing elimination, it was thought that Strasburg would get the start of Tanner Roark. But instead, Baker surprised many with his initial announcement Tuesday afternoon, pointing to his pitcher being “under the weather.”

“Yes, and a lot of my team is under the weather with the change of weather and the air conditioning in the hotel and the air conditioning here,” said Bakers. “It’s just this time of the year for mold around Chicago — I think it’s mold. I mean, I have it, too.”

Meanwhile, the Cubs remain solid with their plan at pitcher, keeping Jake Arrieta as the starter at Wrigley Field this afternoon. But they did update their starting lineup a bit: