Roark will not take the hill for Game 4 of the NLDS against Chicago on Wednesday, as manager Dusty Baker elected to go with Stephen Strasburg for the contest, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago/com reports. Although Strasburg was initially slated for Game 5 while batting an illness, Baker decided to give him the ball for Game 4 following Tuesday's postponed affair. This likely leaves Roark available out of the bullpen if needed, especially if Strasburg is still feeling relatively under the weather. On the flip side, Roark could start Thursday's Game 5, if it's needed, but it seems more likely that Baker would turn to Gio Gonzalez for the decisive tilt.
Roark will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs on Wednesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. It was thought that Stephen Strasburg might step in to start Game 4 after Tuesday's contest was postponed, but Strasburg is apparently feeling a little under the weather and wasn't able to get his usual prep work in, so the Nationals will stick with Roark as their starter. If Roark and the Nationals are able to win Wednesday, Strasburg would get the ball for the decisive Game 5.
Manager Dusty Baker announced that Roark will start Tuesday's NLDS Game 4 against the Cubs, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. As expected, the Nationals will proceed with their four-man playoff rotation and send Roark to the mound for a crucial Game 4 against the Cubs. Roark -- who posted a 4.67 ERA during the regular season -- hasn't pitched since Oct. 1. He made one start against the Cubs this season, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks over 6.1 innings in a winning effort.
Roark (13-11) took the loss against the Phillies on Wednesday, giving up six runs on seven hits and five walks over 4.2 innings while striking out three. He threw only 56 of 104 pitches for strikes in a disappointing final start to the regular season, and Roark will head into the playoffs with a 4.59 ERA that is almost two runs higher than last year's mark. He's set to be the No. 4 starter for the Nats in October, giving him plenty of time to rest before he next takes the mound.
Roark (13-10) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven batters through seven innings to take the loss against Atlanta on Thursday. This was a solid showing from Roark, as the Washington bats generated just two runs. Roark has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 of 12 starts since the All-Star break, so after a rough patch to begin the season, he's been a solid fantasy asset in the second half. The 30-year-old righty projects to make his final start of the season on the road against Philadelphia.
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