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NOW WHAT? REPORT: Stephen Strasburg Will Start for Nationals Today (UPDATE: Officially Happening)

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OFFICIAL: Yes, it’s happening. A miraculous recovery, or the Nationals pushing a sick guy? I guess we’ll see. Original post follows.


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Oh come on, guys. This has gotten absurd:

After a day of weird stuff about mold and illness and timing and whatever, Dusty Baker said the Nationals were going with the original plan after yesterday’s rainout, and starting Tanner Roark today. That, despite the fact that the rainout gave the Nats the opportunity to use Strasburg on regular rest.

It was a whole thing.

And now … maybe he’s miraculously recovered?

We’ll see when the official lineup is announced. I suppose the hope here is that Strasburg is well enough to pitch, but not quite at his very best. When he’s on, as he was in Game One, he can dominate as well as any pitcher in baseball.

Were the Nationals just trying to game the Cubs all along? Are they that savvy and willing to bend the truth?


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The Cubs may have to change up their lineup if this news holds.

UPDATE: More absurdity – it’s not totally decided yet:


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