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Stephen Strasburg now to start Game 4 against the Cubs

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Stephen Strasburg now to start Game 4 against the Cubs

What an emotional rollercoaster.

It was announced Tuesday that Stephen Strasburg would not be taking the mound in an already delayed Game 4 because he was feeling "under the weather" and that Tanner Roark would be starting. 

With the news of Strasburg reportedly declining, much criticism was heaped upon the Nats organization and Strasburg.

Well, jump forward to Wednesday afternoon and it seems like Strasburg is feeling up to it now.

According to a source of MLB Network's Joe Morosi, Strasburg is expected to take the mound at 4:08 p.m..

Nats GM Mike Rizzo spoke with the Sports Junkies Wednesday morning and said that they were confident in going with a healthy Roark instead of a depleted Strasburg in a do or die game.

Rizzo also noted that all hands were on deck for Game 4 against the reigning World Series champions.

Well, it seems as if a depleted Strasburg is feeling better. The Nationals announced around 1 p.m. that he would be their starting pitcher in tonight's game.

After all this back and forth, let's just go get a win. 

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Is Strasburg soft? The Junkies' E.B. asks for Nats fans

Is Strasburg soft? The Junkies' E.B. asks for Nats fans

UPDATE: According to sources of MLB Network's Joe Morosi, Stephen Strasburg is now expected to start Game 4 against the Cubs.

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Is Stephen Strasburg soft? That's the question everyone has been asking since hearing the news that Stephen Strasburg reportedly declined pitching in Game 4 because he was feeling "under the weather."

Wednesday's game against the Cubs is do or die, and with the gift of a rain delay in Tuesday's game, it would have be the perfect setup for Strasburg to pitch again.

When asked about the teams decision, GM Mike Rizzo naturally backed up his team and his players, saying it's the best decision all around. For the Sports Junkies' Eric Bickel, he wanted the real answer as to why a major leaguer would turn the opportunity down, sick or not.

"Fans have the right to question why this guy won't at least attempt to put his balls on the line," Bickel said.

To that, Rizzo had this response.

"He is attempting to put his balls on the line. He went out and threw a bullpen and said [to] Mike Maddux [our] pitching coach, "I'll give ya everything I have. I don't know how much it is."

And we made the decision we want 100 percent Tanner Roark, who won 15, 16, and 13 games over the last three years he was a starter over a depleted Stephen Strasburg.

Click above to watch the full clip of the Junkies interview with Mike Rizzo where he explained in depth his teams reasoning behind their decision. 

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Ravens vs. Bears: Date, time, TV channel, how to watch, online stream

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Ravens vs. Bears: Date, time, TV channel, how to watch, online stream

The Ravens got a crucial 30-17 road win on Sunday against the Raiders and are looking to keep that momentum going.

Right off the bat, Joe Flacco threw a 52-yard pass to Mike Wallace that ultimately lead the Ravens to taking a 7-0 lead within minutes. That was pretty much the tone for the rest of the game. Flacco threw for 222 yards and completed 19 of 26 passes.

One major blow was star running back Terrance West being carted to the locker room during the first drive with a calf injury. He did not return to the game.

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Overall, the Ravens' offense connected on all fronts. Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman and Jeremy Maclin all made crucial catches after the Ravens couldn't get anything going in their last two games against the Jaguars and Steelers.

They are facing a struggling Bears team who has turned to rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after starting quarterback Mike Glennon has had more fumbles and interceptions than he has touchdowns. Trubisky is set to make his first start Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Their only win has been in Week 3 against the Steelers. They currently rank 26th in the league in passing yards but 11th in rushing yards, something the Ravens defense should have no issue stopping.

Ahead of the Ravens' game against the Bears, here's everything you need to know to watch.

Week 5 Ravens vs. Bears game info:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears

What: Week 6 NFL regular season 

When: 1:00 p.m.. ET, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: NFL Game Pass, FOX Sports Go

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 

Point Spread: Baltimore, -6.5

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy

BALTIMORE RAVENS 2017 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1 (Sun, Sept. 10): 20-0  at Cincinnati Bengals (W)

Week 2 (Sun, Sept. 17): 24-10 vs. Cleveland Browns (W)

Week 3 (Sun, Sept. 24): 44-7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (in London) (L)

Week 4 (Sun, Oct. 1): vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. (L)

Week 5 (Sun, Oct. 8): at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (W)

Week 6 (Sun, Oct. 15): vs Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.

Week 7 (Sun, Oct. 22): at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.

Week 8 (Thur, Oct. 26): vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:25 p.m.

Week 9 (Sun, Nov. 5): at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10 (Sun, Nov. 12): BYE week

Week 11 (Sun, Nov. 19): at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12 (Mon, Nov. 27): vs. Houston Texans, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13 (Sun, Dec. 3): vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14 (Sun, Dec. 10): at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.

Week 15  (Sun, Dec. 17): at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16 (Sat, Dec. 23): vs Indianapolis Colts, 4:30 p.m.

Week 17 (Sun, Dec. 31): vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m