As the rigorous MLB regular season schedule comes to a close, many around baseball continue to question whether or not the Washington Nationals should consider including Stephen Strasburg on the postseason roster.
A move that would defy all plans put in place by general manager Mike Rizzo before the season began would inevitably generate positive and negative reaction alike.
The innings limit for Washington's young ace has been arguably the most controversial topic in baseball for 2012.
For a team with World Series aspirations, it must be infinitely difficult to sit your team's best starter when it matters most. In a city where winning has been absolutely absent, it is almost unreasonable to detract from title chances in any scenario.
But with the future in mind, that is exactly what the Nationals have done.
They have elected to shut down Stephen Strasburg after 159.1 innings, with no indication that he will make a return in 2012.
Critics argue that the time is now. Proponents contend that the future outweighs the present.
Was it the right call?
That is for you to decide...
Here's my take on whether or not the Nationals should consider Stephen Strasburg for the playoff roster: