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State of the Nats: Plan for the week; injuries could affect playoff roster

State of the Nats: Plan for the week; injuries could affect playoff roster

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Nats' plan for the week - The Nationals are back in the playoffs and once again have a four-day layoff to maneuver through before they begin their NL Division Series with Game 1 on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But this time, they are treating the four days very differently than they did in 2014.

This time, they will hold workouts open to the media on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In 2014, they were closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, so there should be additional coverage from all outlets throughout the week.

[RELATED: Cubs enter MLB playoffs as favorites to win World Series]

The Nats are also doing some cool stuff for fan outreach over the next few days. On Monday at 6:30 p.m. there will be a postseason kickoff party at the Capital Wheel at the National Harbor in Maryland, just over the Anacostia River from Nationals Park. On Wednesday, there is a postseason pep rally at 1015 Half St. SE held by 106.7 The Fan. That's from noon to 2 p.m. and will be hosted Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier.  On Thursday, the Racing Presidents will hold an event at the Mega Market in Ballston, Va. And Monday through Thursday, the Nats are holding a playoff ticket scavenger hunt through their Snapchat account. 

All of that should help the Nats and their fans really make the most of this week as they celebrate their season and get ready for the playoffs.

Will Murphy, Werth be ready? - Manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday he feels good about where Jayson Werth is at, despite the Nats left fielder sitting out the weekend with back tightness. Daniel Murphy sounded optimistic he'll be ready for Game 1 on Friday, saying "hopefully" everything will go right the next few days.

Bryce Harper has been in the lineup for three games and on Sunday hit a double. And despite dealing with what sounds like a minor calf issue, Ryan Zimmerman is good to go for the postseason.

All four guys are banged up, but should be available. Them not being 100 percent may, however, dictate how Baker puts together his postseason roster.

"These injuries are going to maybe change our roster some because you don’t know if they’ll be ready in the first round or not, but they might be ready in the second round. Right now, we just have to get through the first round," he said.

One has to wonder if that means carrying an extra bench player, rather than another relief pitcher. Does he need an extra infielder as a contingency plan for Murphy? The Nats are pretty deep at the position already with Trea Turner's ability to move around, but that was certainly an interesting hint dropped by the skipper.

[RELATED: Nats' Turner wins NL Rookie of the Month award again]

NL East Standings

Offensive game of the week: Trea Turner 10/1 vs. Marlins - 2-for-3, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB, SB

Pitching line of the week: Tanner Roark 10/1 vs. Marlins - 5.2 IP, ER, 3 H, 4 SO, 4 BB, 109 pitches (67 strikes)

Quote of the Week 

"This team is a baby-making team."

- Dusty Baker on Chris Heisey taking paternity leave

Tweet (or Instagram) of the Week

Road Ahead

Mon. - OFF
Tue. - workout
Wed. - workout
Thu. - workout
Fri. - 5:38 p.m. Game 1 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Scherzer* vs. Kershaw)
Sat. - 4:08 p.m. Game 2 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Roark* vs. Hill)
Sun. - OFF

*Not official yet, but... yeah.

[RELATED: Nationals ready for Dodgers and the MLB playoffs]


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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.