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Around the NL East: How will Mets manage rotation's workload?


Around the NL East: How will Mets manage rotation's workload?


With all their wheeling and dealing complete, the Braves will play out the string and try to find bright spots to carry into 2016. For the next month and a half, that means seeing how their young pitching develops as well as getting their first glimpse of the recently acquired Hector Olivera. The 30-year-old Cuban defector is close to starting his rehab assignment and is expected to join the Braves by the end of the month. Considering what Atlanta gave up to get him, they have to hope he shows signs that he could be the real deal. 


Just when you thought things couldn't get tougher for the Marlins following a bizarre trade deadline period, starter Jose Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right biceps strain. For a pitcher that has already undergone Tommy John surgery and rehab, this is the last thing that Miami wanted to hear. In his short stint since his return, he showed exactly why he's considered one of the best young right handers in the game: In seven starts, he went 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 53 strikeouts, looking very much like the pitcher he was before surgery. While this latest setback appears to be a minor one, you'd hate to think that Fernandez could be an injury-riddled arm who never gets to realize his potential. 


Unfortunately for Nationals fans, the Mets just keep on rolling. They've won eight out of their last 10 and now have a 3.5 game lead in the division, and they don't look like they're slowing down any time soon.  

Of course, not all is lost for the Nats. If there's one thing D.C. fans should pay attention to, it's how Mets manager Terry Collins will deal with his starting rotation down the stretch. With the young trio of Matt Harvey (who's a year removed from of Tommy John surgery), Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, their workload will likely be closely monitored as September approaches to preserve their arms for a postseason run. Will that mean limiting the amount of innings pitched? Shutting down a pitcher or two if they've reached their max for the season? Who knows right now, but Collins has hinted that once rookie left hander Steven Matz comes back from injury in September, there could be a possibility of a six-man rotation. 


Don't laugh, but teams might not want to play the Phillies these days. That's right, the team with the worst record in the majors has gone 17-7 since the All-Star break, suddenly playing inspired ball -- though it's far too late for them to salvage the season. But even if they can't change the outlook on what's been a down season, they're certainly playing well enough right now to make life harder on pennant contenders. They have 19 games left against teams that are currently in vying for a postseason berth, so if they continue to play this way, they'll could have a say on who gets to play in October and who doesn't. 

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.