The National League Division Series shifted back to Washington D.C. for the first playoff baseball game in the District since 1933. Unfortunately for the Nationals, the Cardinals pummeled Edwin Jackson and the rest of the Washington staff for an 8-0 victory.
While Nats Park was abuzz for the game, many of the writers chose to focus on someone who wasn’t on the roster. That’s right, you didn’t think the Stephen Strasburg controversy was going to go away that easily, did you? Believe it or not, the talk has actually intensified especially with the Nationals down two games to one to the Cardinals.
Here’s a roundup of what other media outlets are saying about Game 3 of the NLDS between the Nationals and Cardinals.
* Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says according to an unnamed player on the team, if the Nats had Strasburg, Washington would be up 2-0 in the NLDS.
* Lyle Spencer of MLB.com also says that the Nationals are missing Strasburg’s presence in the rotation. Strasburg last pitched Sept. 7.
* Tyler Kepner of The New York Times says the Nationals’ short-lived history is repeating itself.
* David Schoenfield of ESPN’s Sweetspot blog says with his performance today, Chris Carpenter’s postseason legend is continuing to grow.
* Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Cardinals are in better position to win the NLDS because of their playoff experience compared to the Nationals’ youthfulness.
* Taking a step aside from the NLDS, Hillel Kuttler of The New York Times has a nice profile of Walter Johnson’s daughter, Carolyn Thomas.
* Jayson Stark of ESPN says not even “season ending surgery” could end Carpenter’s season.
* Rick Snider of The Examiner poses the question of whether the Nationals are ready to play on the biggest stage of all, the postseason.
* Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post says Craig Stammen is not the same reliever he was in the regular season.