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Except that won't be the case.

Roark will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Wednesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. The reasoning was multi-faceted and caused confusion as the Nationals publicly attempted to communicate it to media members, while at least one national report emerged that contradicted Baker's explanations.

But then, presumably the Nats know Strasburg better than anybody, and perhaps they know it to be a bad idea to let Strasburg start without proper preparation.

How ill Strasburg is remains anyone's guess.

Game 5 will be played at Nationals Park, with first pitch coming at 8:00p.m.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker had said Tuesday that Strasburg was "under the weather" and made a reference to "mold" in Chicago. With the extra day of rest, the Nationals were able to hand the ball to ace Stephen Strasburg, who dominated the Cubs on Wednesday. There are differences: Game 4 was on the road; Taylor's home run didn't win the game though it provided welcomed breathing room; and this year, the Cy Young favorite is available out of the Nationals bullpen.

Now, look: Every pitcher is unique, and Strasburg, especially, has the type of arm you want to be careful with.

So instead of turning to an ace who no-hit the Cubs into the sixth inning in the series opener, the Nationals turn to Roark, who went 13-11 with a 4.67 ERA this season.


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