“A lot of my team is under the weather with the change of weather, and the air conditioning in the hotel, and the air conditioning here,” he said. “It’s just this time of the year for mold around Chicago — I think it’s mold. I mean, I have it, too.”
Given how dominant Strasburg has been, and given the Cubs hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, it seemed likely that Baker would opt to skip Roark and go with Strasburg on full rest.
After the All-Star break, Strasburg posted a 0.86 ERA, the second lowest ever by a pitcher in the second half of a season (minimum 10 starts). Then, in the NLDS opener last Friday, the 29-year-old right-hander was dominant, allowing three hits and no earned runs over seven innings, striking out 10 in a 3-0 defeat.
But despite Strasburg’s effectiveness, and despite facing elimination, Baker confirmed that Roark will get the nod Wednesday at Wrigley.
“We want to show that we’re part of the Vegas community,” Foley said. “We want to recognize first responders and show them that we appreciate everything that they’ve done. They’re the ones who went out there and risked their lives and saved lives. We’re trying hard to represent them.”
Before Tuesday’s game, police officers, fire fighters, doctors and nurses who were called into action after the shooting were introduced alongside Golden Knights players. When the Arizona Coyotes took the ice, they didn’t stand Cheap Basketball Jerseys across Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys from their opponent as usual, they stood behind them. A 58-second moment of silence was held to recognize the 58 lives lost during the tragedy, a capacity crowd at T-Mobile Arena sung the national anthem along with Keith Dotson, a member of the team that plans the Route 91 Harvest Festival musical, and Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland, who has lived in Las Vegas for 14 years, addressed the 18,191 in attendance.