With Stephen Strasburg taking the bump in Game 4, the Washington Nationals had the choice of Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez for Game 5, a win-or-go-home scenario.
Well, manager Dusty Baker has made his decision and is giving the ball to Gio for one of the biggest games in franchise history.
Gio Gonzalez will start Game 5 for the Nats tonight.— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) October 12, 2017
Good luck, man!
Roark was scheduled to pitch Game 4 before the last minute decision to start Strasburg, and now he's been overlooked again in Game 5. He, along with Max Scherzer, will available out of the bullpen.
MLB: Gio Gonzalez starting NLDS Game 5 vs Cubs https://t.co/9ye5RgbNMf— Rotoworld (@rotoworld) October 12, 2017
And you can already tell Scherzer's gonna play a HUGE role in this one.
Gonzalez had a very good regular season, posting a 2.96 ERA over 201 innings of work. The Nats' left-hander pitched in Game 2 and allowed three runs on three hits and two walks over five innings of work.
Be prepared to see the 32-year-old left-hander be yanked pretty early at any sign of trouble.