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Baker on Strasburg's first loss of 2016: 'Best streak I've ever seen'

Baker on Strasburg's first loss of 2016: 'Best streak I've ever seen'

Stephen Strasburg entered Thursday's start against the Dodgers with a pristine 13-0 record and hadn't lost since Sept. 9 of 2015. This season, his perfect mark had plenty to do with his own performance, but he's enjoyed some of the best run support of any pitcher in baseball. Entering Thursday, Strasburg had the second-best average run support in baseball, 6.44 runs per game.

That luck ran was bound to run out and in the Nats' 6-3 loss to the Dodgers, Strasburg found trouble early. He then saw the Nationals lineup squander chance after chance against eight L.A. pitchers that combined to throw nine innings and keep them to 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Strasburg's two key mistakes were to Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. Turner clubbed two homers with five RBI combined to make up the majority of Strasburg's season-high six earned runs.

“It was just a grind for whatever reason," Strasburg said. "Couldn’t get ahead on him in those AB’s. But I really wasn’t getting ahead on some other guys too. I think once I got past those first two innings I started to throw more first pitch strikes but that’s always a big point in the game is getting ahead on the hitters.”

Strasburg found his groove after allowing all six of his runs in the first three innings. He threw three scoreless frames to finish his start and ended up with 10 strikeouts. Strasburg retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced and impressed manager Dusty Baker along the way.

"I was actually more impressed by Stras today that he didn't blow up, it was extremely hot today and he kept the game where it was," Baker said.

Strasburg has been reluctant to talk about his streak all season, often pointing to the all the things that factor into a pitcher's win that are out of his control.

“There’s been games where I feel like I probably deserved a loss and the team picked me up," he said.

“That’s something that I can’t control. I told myself at the start of the year going into last year that I was going to be relentless regardless of circumstance. I’m going to go out there and battle the whole time. Sometimes it might not be pretty and sometimes it will look pretty good. I’m just going to continue to do that.”

In the middle of perhaps his most impressive season so far, Strasburg isn't ready to stop and smell the roses. He would prefer to focus on his next outing and hope for better results against the Indians next week.

Baker, though, was willing to offer a more detailed analysis.

"During that streak he was outstanding. You know every streak's going to end, that's the best streak I've ever seen, I think. So it was just untimely that it ended today but you knew it was going to end some day. So now you just go back to the drawing board and start a new streak," he said.

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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.