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The Braves are 0-7 for the first time since 1988


A two-out, two-run double by Bryce Harper in the eighth inning on Tuesday sunk the Braves’ battleship. The Nationals’ lead held at 2-1 and the Braves fell to 0-7 to open the 2016 season. Per ESPN Stats & Info, it’s the Braves’ first 0-7 start since 1988 and their third since moving to Atlanta in 1966 (the other year being 1980).

What’s wrong with the Braves? Well, everything, really. Aside from Adonis Garcia and Nick Markakis, they’re not hitting. Freddie Freeman went 0-for-3 on Tuesday night, sending his average down to .095. He has exactly one extra-base hit, a homer.

Jhoulys Chacin pitched well in his start against the Nationals and that’s been a rare sight for the Braves. Their starters came into Tuesday’s action with a collective 5.94 ERA. Their bullpen has been worse, with a 7.84 ERA.

The Phillies were projected to be the only team in baseball worse than the Braves, and they’re 3-5 after beating the Padres on Tuesday night. Could the Braves actually be terrible enough to finish with the worst record and thus secure the first overall pick in the 2017 draft? A week and a half into the season, it seems like it.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.