Still slated for Game 4 start

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Gio Gonzalez will take the mound for the Nationals in Game 5.

Kyle Hendricks starts for Chicago.

Gonzalez was the starter in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals, a game Washington led 6-0 before losing 9-7. Well, that's a dilemma that the Washington Nationals fans may be facing when their cities public transportation won't be running, despite it being possible.

The Cubs won Monday's Game 3 in dramatic fashion in the 8th inning and were looking to close out the series Tuesday with a 3-1 series victory.


The Nationals chose between Gonzalez and Tanner Roark, who ceded his Game 4 start to Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday.

The Nationals are looking to avoid a fourth division series loss in six seasons. While Gonzalez hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since 2009, Roark has considerable experience in relief. He finished his night tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 12 batters. He yielded two runs in an inning against the Pirates.

As history states, Gonzalez doesn't have much luck in the postseason. Does Maddon make wholesale changes and deplete his bench to have more left-handed hitters?

According to the skipper, if Hendricks is unable to go far into the game, then it will be an all-hands-on-deck kind of game, and Jose Quintana will be available for the team if he's needed out of the bullpen.

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