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Stock Watch: Tanner Roark in midst of career-best season

Stock Watch: Tanner Roark in midst of career-best season

Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see which player's stock is rising or falling.  

Record: 5-2

Team slash: .261/.323/423

Team ERA: 2.11

Runs per game: 3.4



Tanner Roark, SP: 2 GS, W, 13.0 IP, 1 ER, 15 K

It didn’t seem possible that Roark would be able to replicate his breakout 2014 season, which was his first as a full-time starter. Two years later, after his reinsertion to the rotation, he’s somehow outdone himself.

Against the Mets on Wednesday, Roark delivered his ninth outing in of seven or more shutout innings — the most in the big leagues. The performance earned him his 15th win of the season, and he entered Thursday ranked fifth among National League starters with a 2.75 ERA. If he pitches like this into October, baseball fans around the country will find out just how good he’s been.

Gio Gonzalez, SP:  W, 7.0 IP, ER, 5 K

It hasn’t always been pretty, but Gonzalez has somewhat stabilized his season over the last month and a half. It may not seem like it, but the lefty earned victories in five out of his last eight starts, and hasn’t lost since July 31.  Sure, the ERA in that span is an underwhelming 4.22, but he’s far from the inconsistent pitcher he was earlier in the year.

The issue, of course, is how important Gonzalez might become if Stephen Strasburg is unavailable in the postseason. If he can find a way to pitch as he did this past week against the Phillies, the Nats just might have a chance.   


Jayson Werth, LF: .087 AVG, 8 K, .279 OPS

After putting up his best power numbers of the season in August, Werth has slowed down quite a bit since the calendar flipped to September. Last month, he hit eight home runs and four doubles while amassing 16 RBI. This month? He’s 9-for-45 (.200) without an extra-base hit and just one RBI. Perhaps this is just a short-lived funk, but the Nats need the 37-year-old to rediscover his mojo in time for the playoffs.

Koda Glover, RP: 3 GP, 2.1 IP, 4 ER, 2 HR

The last week provided quite the education for Glover, who experienced struggles for the first time since being called up to the big leagues. He yielded the game-tying three-run home run Friday night against the Phillies — the first time he allowed a long ball in his career — and then gave up a solo shot in his next appearance two days later. Though the Nats wound up winning both games, it's still important to see how Glover bounces back. Lately, Dusty Baker has used the 23-year-old rookie in late-inning, high leverage situations, perhaps preparing him for similar spots in October. If that's the case, Glover’s got to show he can put rough outings behind him —and quickly.

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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.