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Harper’s Hot Surge Continue
It has been an eventful week for the reigning NL MVP. It started on Thursday afternoon when he hit his 100th home run off of Julio Teheran, a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning. With the milestone out of the way, Harper has brought that success to Philadelphia this weekend.
So far, in the two games against the Phillies, Bryce Harper is 5-for-7 with three runs scored, two home runs, and five RBI’s. Last night, with the Nats up 5-0, Harper took a two-seam fastball from Aaron Nola into the corner and over the wall in right for a two-run home run.
Over the last two seasons, Harper has made a habit of beating up on Phillies’ pitching as he has hit ten home runs and driven in 21 runs over the course of 67 at-bats. Out of the ten home runs, seven of them have come at Citizens Bank Park.
When you look at Harper’s success this week, he has only drawn a walk in one of the games (Monday night against the Braves). Teams are still pitching to Harper and he continues to make them pay nearly every time.
In the first ten games of the year, Harper is second in the NL in home runs (Trevor Story of the Rockies has seven), tied for the lead in RBI’s (14 with Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado), and is second on the Nats in batting average (.343) behind Daniel Murphy (.438). It’s early, but its safe to say last year’s MVP is off to another great start in 2016.
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