Cubs-Nationals NLDS Game 4 start delayed by impending rain

Cubs-Nationals Game 4 delayed by rain

Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field was delayed by rain, and team and Major League Baseball officials will convene at 5:30 ET to determine if the game will start on Tuesday or be postponed a day.

The decision will have significant ramifications regarding the Nationals’ chances of forcing a Game 5.

If Game 4 is rescheduled for Wednesday, both teams will lose an off day should the series be extended to a decisive Game 5 on Thursday in Washington. 

The Cubs lead the best-of-five series 2-1 and are one win from returning to NL Championship Series for a rematch with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Cubs will stick with scheduled starter Jake Arrieta for Game 4 regardless, instead of Game 1 starter Kyle Hendricks, manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday afternoon.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker would not yet say whether he would replace scheduled Game 4 starter Tanner Roark with Game 1 starter Stephen Strasburg – who would be on regular rest – though that appears highly likely with the Nationals facing elimination.

Strasburg was phenomenal in Game 1 for the Nationals, flirting with a no-hitter until the sixth inning, and giving up just three hits, two unearned runs and striking out 10 over seven innings.

Should the Nationals force a Game 5, they could come back with Roark and a squad of arms in relief, including Game 3 starter Max Scherzer.

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