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Las Vegas really likes the Nationals in October


Las Vegas really likes the Nationals in October


There’s still a long way to go in the season, but according to Bovada Sportsbook, the Washington Nationals are tied with the best odds to win the World Series at 7-1. 

For those mathematically challenged (like myself) that mean the folks over in Vegas think there’s about a 14 percent chance of the Nats going all the way.

That may not seem like an absurdly high number, but it remains the highest in the MLB (also tied with the Cardinals). Considering the potential for injuries and the variability that comes with an MLB season and post-season, 7-1 is a pretty high mark.

The Nats, winning nine out of their last ten games with the help of phenomenal starting pitching performances, currently find themselves with a three and a half game division lead.

During that impressive streak of games, which included an eight-game winning streak, the Nats only gave up over two runs on a single occasion, the game they happened to loose. 

With injuries in the lineup and an inconsistent bullpen, the success of the team will likely continue to hinge on its starting pitching staff, which may in fact be fantastic news for the team that thrives on it. 

The Mets being the only serious contender (third place Atlanta is seven games back), the Nationals could indeed be primed for a deep run as Bovada predicts. 

In case anyone was wondering, the website for comparison gives the Philadelphia Phillies 1,000-1 odds of winning the Fall Classic. 

They have a much more bullish prediction on the Nats’ likelihood of winning the NL East, which currently stands at 1-10, about a 90 percent chance. 

But, do the Nats finally have what it takes this year to bring home a world series to the city of Washington and the Lerners? Only time and October will tell – but for now we’ll have to do with 14 percent. Just imagine the chocolate...


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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.