​Dire straits call for desperate measures. Max Scherzer threw 98 pitches for the Nationals yesterday, and he'll be available to make a relief appearance in Game 4 if necessary.


According to the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes, if he does come in, he'll only be available to pitch an inning.

​​Scherzer was pulled from his final start of the regular season because of a hamstring injury, and had nine days rest in between that start and his start yesterday in Game 3 against the Cubs. 


Scherzer threw six no-hit innings before allowing a one-out double to Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the seventh.

Manager Dusty Baker pulled the two-time Cy Young winner for Sammy Solis to face Kyle Schwarber. Joe Maddon sent Alfred Almora to the plate to pinch-hit for Schwarber, and he hit an RBI single to tie the game. 


Kris Bryant scored on an Anthony Rizzo blooper the next inning, and the Cubs hung on for a 2-1 win.


Scherzer hasn't pitched out of the bullpen in the postseason since 2011. Let's see if his number is called tomorrow.