In the end,
"We weren't debating that much," Baker said. "We were just kind of messing with you guys, to tell you the truth."
Baker had a simple explanation for the Nationals’ deciding to start right-handers
"We went with our two best," Baker said.
The Dodgers batted .213 off left-handers, the lowest figure in the major leagues, and they went 22-24 against left-handed starters. But Gonzalez, the Nationals' lone left-handed starter, went 11-11 with a 4.57 earned-run average this season, including a 7.43 ERA in his final five starts.
Scherzer went 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA. Roark went 16-10 with a 2.83 ERA.
On the eve of his first career postseason start, Roark readily admitted to being nervous.
"If you're not nervous," he said, "you're not human."
Roark, who turned 30 Wednesday, said his friends back home in Illinois would be watching his start.