The Dodgers and their fans will have to wait at least another day to find out who Los Angeles will play in the NLCS. Game 4 of the Cubs versus Nationals series was supposed to take place on Tuesday at 2:38 p.m. PT, however the weather had other plans in mind. The game will now take place on Wednesday at 1:08 p.m. PT.
The Cubs are currently leading their series against the Nationals 2-1, so they are just one win away from creating a repeat of the 2016 NLCS. The Cubs will send Jake Arrieta to the mound and the Nationals will hand the ball to Tanner Roark instead of Stephen Strasburg.
Whoa. Dusty says Tanner Roark will start tomorrow, not Stephen Strasburg, who could've pitched on regular rest. Stras "under the weather."
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) October 10, 2017
Now at first glance this seems like a mismatch, but their stats against one another’s team tell a different story. Roark faced Chicago once this year and did pretty well actually. He went 6.1 innings, gave up two runs on five hits, and held Chicago batters to a .217 batting average. Arrieta also only faced Washington only once, but his start didn’t go so well. He gave up six runs on six hits and walked another six in just four innings.
The Washington Nationals have struggled so far this postseason. Trea Turner is hitless, Daniel Murphy is 1-11, and Bryce Harper is 2-12. Furthermore, no Washington hitter has more than three hits total this postseason, with Ryan Zimmerman being the only one. The Chicago Cubs have struggled as well, with Anthony Rizzo leading the pack with four hits and Kris Bryant following close behind with three hits.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the series plays out with both teams struggling offensively. Both teams combined have accumulated 15 runs so far. On the other hand, the Dodgers put 20 runs on the board in three games against the Diamondbacks.
Be sure to tune in on Wednesday because this game could determine who the Dodgers play on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Will it be the Nationals? Or will the Cubs come out victorious and give the fans a sequel to last year’s postseason? Either way, these Dodgers don’t seem like they are fazed one bit!