Postgame analysis of the Nats 3-2 win loss to Miami:
How it happened: The Marlins sent Jose Fernandez to the mound, that's how. Fernandez pitched 6 innings while allowing one run on four hits and striking out nine. Justin Bour homered to put the Marlins ahead for good in the 6th to give Joe Ross his 5th loss of the season. Clint Robinson and Wilson Ramos had RBI singles for the Nationals.
What it means: The Nats' 3-game winning streak comes to an end. Their rubber match today decides whether the Nats go 4-2 or 3-3 on their 6-game divisional road trip.
Fernandez is dominant: The Nats just cannot figure out Jose Fernandez. He has more wins against them than any other team in baseball (6) and his 1.13 ERA against them is the lowest of any team that he's pitched against more than once. He's struck out 72 Nats in his career, 19 more than any other team he's faced.
Turner time?: Might it finally be time to give the Trea Turner era a chance? Danny Espinosa is hitting .217/.298/.349 with a .647 OPS over the last month. How long are the Nats going to be okay with their starting shortstop barely floating above the Mendoza Line?
Age is just a number: 42-year old Ichiro Suzuki went 4-4 to raise his season average to .373. He's been the best hitter this year on team with Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich.
What's next: The Nats and Marlins face off in the rubber match of their weekend series this afternoon. It'll be Max Scherzer (4-3 , 4.01 ERA) vs. Adam Conley (3-2 , 3.40 ERA). First pitch at 1:35.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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