Stephen Strasburg will start Game 1 of Washington's NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Nationals manager Dusty Baker announced Thursday, and two-time Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer might not pitch before Game 3. "So I'll go through that and try to refresh my memory", Murphy said. "Typically, parties are just spelling out what they need to have in place so they know what they can do on a go-forward basis".
"Oh, I'm pitching in the NLDS", he said. Nationals ace Max Scherzer is recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in a September 30 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. "He threw some flat ground, but every day is important".
General Manager Ross Atkins said Bautista was made aware of the team's plans "a couple of weeks ago". "We realize that, but is that worth, you know, taking a chance, and if you get past the first round and then are you jeopardizing the second round?" The left-hander pitched twice against this Nationals team but walked away with two no decisions and a 2.84 ERA. Rizzo would not say whether Scherzer is likeliest to appear in one of those or even in Game 3 at Wrigley Field on Monday. It became the first defending World Series champion to win its division since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies. The 29-year-old scattered two hits in 7 2/3 innings versus Pittsburgh on Friday.
Scherzer leads the league in strikeouts and is 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 268 strikeouts.
Stephen Strasburg's relationship with the postseason always has been complicated. The Nationals went out in July and acquired Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Athletics, as well as Twins closer Brandon Kintzler. 19 with a right elbow nerve impingement. I think it brings more people to baseball, builds excitement in the kids who may not have been there before.
"I think it served us well playing Milwaukee and St. Louis this past week". They're the best team in baseball right now.
The Nats, meanwhile, finished with the top three pitchers in the NL in bWAR, including the likely back-to-back Cy Young Award victor in Max Scherzer. I'm really, really happy for him. He's one of the best. "There's quite a few guys over there that, again, we all have a great deal of familiarity with, I feel like. One pitch, one out, one hit, one something", Baker said.
Lester, who missed two starts at the end of August with his ailment, said his feelings weren't hurt about not receiving the nod for Game 1. You probably figured that'.
Scherzer, who tweaked his hamstring in his final regular-season start and had to be pulled midway through, is pitching a bullpen session on Wednesday.
This year has been Strasburg's best yet.
Numerous knocks on Strasburg are not fair. Go out and play, play unencumbered, play mentally freely and just play out the game that we've learned to play over the last couple years. A start time for the series opener hasn't yet been announced. He said the focus was to keep the hitter's guessing. "I'm pitching in the NLDS".
Strasburg's lone postseason appearance came in 2014. "The biggest thing our front office does well is build through our farm system". The starting pitchers and some of the guys in the bullpen.