CHICAGO — Tuesday’s Game 4 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile was postponed because of inclement weather and will be played on Wednesday at Wrigley Field, starting at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT.
The Cubs lead the best-of-five series, 2-1, and need one win to advance to the NL Championship Series presented by Camping World against the Dodgers, who clinched Monday night.
The Cubs will stick with right-hander Jake Arrieta in Game 4, which will be his first postseason start, having been pushed back because of a sore right hamstring.
The Nationals will also use their originally scheduled Game 4 starter, Tanner Roark, on Wednesday, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said after Tuesday’s postponement. Stephen Strasburg, who struck out 10 in seven innings in Game 1 and could have pitched Wednesday on normal rest, is feeling “under the weather,” the manager said.
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and manager Joe Maddon met with Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo and Baker less than one hour prior to Tuesday’s scheduled 4 p.m. CT start to discuss their options and the weather.
“It’s the postseason. If it was the regular season, would we sit back and wait longer?” said chief baseball officer Joe Torre of the decision to postpone. “But it’s not fair to fans, it’s not fair to the players in the clubhouse.”
Both teams took batting practice on Tuesday but the forecast called for rain beginning in the late afternoon and continuing all evening.
“There was really no end to it tonight, and it seems to be a pretty good forecast for tomorrow,” Torre said.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.