Report: Strasburg to Start Game 1 of NLDS

WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg will start Game 1 of the NLDS instead of Max Scherzer, according to a report.

The Twitter user @TalkNats2 reported the news Wednesday evening, along with the scoop that Scherzer is slated to take the mound for Game 2.

Scherzer is battling a hamstring issue that flared up during his final start of the regular season, and the expectation has been for several days now that he would miss the series opener.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker told the media a day prior that the Nationals “really haven’t decided yet, exactly” who would start the opening game, though he did note that Strasburg had thrown a bullpen while Scherzer had not.

Scherzer, meanwhile, declared he would be pitching in the series, indicating he isn’t overly concerned about his hamstring.

“Oh, I’m pitching in the NLDS,” he said. “I’m pitching in the NLDS.”

Whether his appearance comes in Game 1, Game 2 or a later game remains to be seen, but the confident display has to be reassuring for Nationals fans.

This story will be updated if the report is confirmed.

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