Rain pushes Nats-Cubs Game 4 to Wednesday

Inclement weather in Chicago on Tuesday forced Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Cubs and Washington Nationals to be postponed until Wednesday.

The Cubs lead the best-of-five series 2-1, putting the NL East champion Nationals on the brink of elimination. First pitch Wednesday is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT.

The winner of the NLDS will advance to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series.

Both teams have decided to stick with their scheduled Game 4 starters. Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the Cubs, with Nationals manager Dusty Baker announcing Tanner Roark will get the start on Wednesday rather than switching to Stephen Strasburg on normal rest. Baker said Strasburg is “under the weather.”

Both teams took batting practice on Tuesday, but the forecast called for rain beginning in the late afternoon and continuing through the evening. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and manager Joe Maddon met with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Baker before Tuesday’s scheduled 4 p.m. CT start to discuss their options and the weather.

If a Game 5 is necessary, it will be played at Nationals Park at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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