Last night was supposed to be a defining game in the NLDS – Cubs and Nationals, head to head. If the Cubs win, they go on and the Nats once again lose in the first round of the playoffs. If the Curly Dubs win, they fight once more in a crucial must-win game five. It was supposed to be a matchup between former Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta (14-10, ERA of 3.53 according to BRef) and Tanner Roark (13-11, ERA of 4.67). Even with Arrieta on a skid, it still seems like a less than favorable matchup for Washington. This rainout, then, might be a Godsend, right? One more day, and who would be subbed out on full rest? Why, it’s actual legitimate ace Stephen Strasburg (15-4, ERA of 2.52). And yet, he’s not available.
Dusty Baker says that Stras is “under the weather”, that he has a cold or a stomach virus or something like that. That dude better be either barfing every other minute or living his life on the crapper because if I were a Nats fan, I’d be livid. This is your last chance! This is ACTUAL go or go home, and once again, the man that your team considers one of their biggest, most important stars is not around for the postseason. Dusty says that Stras would probably be available for Game Five. Dusty, there might not be a Game Five!
Now, I know that other people involved in the matter, such as pitching coach Mike Maddux, various trainers, and other Nats teammates, are saying that Stras would definitely not be able to do it, but this is his Jordan Game Six moment. You know what I mean? Max Scherzer is on short rest yet marched into Dusty’s office and offered him his services. His arm might be a noodle afterwards, but that man wants to win.
I just don’t understand, I guess. I defer to SomeGuy, our resident Nats fan, for his thoughts.