Bryce Harper is right on track for another pretty monster power season. Below, you’ll see that he recently launched home runs number 18 and 19 of his 2016 season. Now, each one of these smarts a little bit. I really hate not owning Bryce Harper in fantasy baseball. When he’s on – and it looks like he’s about to get ‘on’ – he’s better than anyone in the game. It’s looking like he’s on track for a monster second half.
These two figured to be absolute gimmes. Lay-ups, if you will.
The first took place in a matinee in D.C., off former decent pitcher Matt Garza. Harper displays some opposite field gap power for number 18:
The second comes off his old friend, Bartolo Colon. When guys throw strikes, Harper makes hay. Bartolo Colon throws a lot of strikes. It also comes against the Mets who Harper just annually murders. Here’s number 19:
So, he’s getting going. I have zero doubts number 20 comes this weekend at Citi Field in New York before the All Star Break which Harper will once again be starting in.
However; if Harper is so concerned with making baseball fun again, why doesn’t he enter the Home Run Derby? It’s kind of a cop out we think. A few less pictures of breakfast and designer clothing and a few more Home Run Derby’s would do just fine!
And on Sunday, Bryce Harper took a piece of the Barback Jon Lamb that he could never have back. This came in a 12-1 Nationals win in which the Nats were just launching; hitting six home runs in all. This was Harper’s 17th of the season – and as we always do – every Harper bomb goes on this blog.
And as they say… the haters can suck on that one.
Why do we feel like he’s going to have a monstrous second half? That’s exactly what’s going to happen here. A second half better than either half he had in his MVP season.
Special thanks to the Bar Back for making this all possible.
Bryce Harper got former teammate, lefty, and Ohioan Jerry Blevins pretty good the other night in a 5-0 Nationals win in Washington. It was Harper’s 16th home run of the season.
And since we dealt Bryce Harper in a deal for Clayton Kershaw, this is the first time in his young career that we have never owned at least a share of Harper somewhere. Making this one the first in his 113 career home runs that it didn’t just help a little. We’ll probably never own him again either. So yeah, this one smarts a little to type up.
Here’s Dodger Stadium in all it’s glory. This is a series I really wanted to try to be at for my first trip to LA; but my wife shot that down because we move into a new home next week and we’re having our second child in about two months. Timing just isn’t good. Oh well.
So, I watched a lot of this one on television. No Vin Scully for the viewers, Scully wasn’t feeling well so Charlie Steiner and Orel Hersheiser took the reigns for a game.
In the first inning, Bryce Harper hits a rapier laser the other way to left field off Scott Kazmir. This would give the Nationals a 1-0 lead which eventually grew to 2-0. I was actually tired and went to bed.
But when you go to sleep on Dodger Stadium, you chance missing the magic.
It’s been a rough past 45 days for Bryce Harper. But, whatever. We’re only trying to live in the present. In the Nationals 8-5 win over the Padres on Thursday night, Harper started the weekend off a little early with his 14th bomb of the season off off-brand Erik Johnson.
For a pitcher’s park, Harper doesn’t mind going yard at Petco which isn’t far from his birthplace. He likes hitting out west! It was his fourth career home run at Petco.
Harper now has 111 career home runs. Let’s hope this is the start of something big. Baseball is better when he’s hot.
It’s hard to believe the Nationals tallied three home runs and 13 total runs were scored in this game. That’s not very Petco at all.
On Adam Wainwright’s 77th pitch of the night, Bryce Harper clubbed a towering home run off that lawn in center in Washington for his 13th home run of the season. It just looked like your casual 90 MPH fastball close to down the heart of the plate:
Now the victory for the Nationals is that teams are slowly forgetting to pitch around Bryce Harper. He wasn’t walked last night, and wasn’t walked today. And what is going to follow is he’s going to go on another tear; and teams will start walking him like it’s going out of style again. This will probably happen his entire career in these patterns.
That, or the Cardinals are just going to subscribe to doing things differently then every other team in Major League Baseball.
May of 2016 is just a month that Bryce Harper won’t miss. It’s the month he’s been pitched around more than any month in his career, and it’s taken him from being white hot to actually struggling.
When he collected with this Mike Leake pitch on Thursday night, it was as if the baseball was screaming and angry flying all the way to the facing of the upper deck at Nationals Park. And it’s always fun to see Mike Leake get knocked around like this:
Bryce Harper had not homered in about ten days. Teams are going through this little fad of pitching around him, because his only protection in the lineup serves to be Daniel Murphy. With all due respect to Murphy, when that is the case; you’re going to see some stretches like this.
But the Marlins seem stubborn about going into the belly of the beast. When Harper gets this outside pitch and yanks it into the seats in right field, it’s his 11th home run of the season. Barraclough is completely destroyed when he realized what he’s done.
The Nationals won this game 5-3 with this home run being the only difference. He is the ultimate weapon in a baseball game.
The home run was Harper’s 10th of the season. He’s had a knack for homering in Stephen Strasburg starts this season, and Strasburg improved to 5-0 in his own right with yet another quality start. The Nationals were clearly out for revenge after Jonathan Papelbon blew a save in embarrassing fashion last night. The only thing keeping the Nationals from sweeps is their cancer of a closer!
It’s kind of nice seeing the Royals get knocked around like this.
Yesterday the legend of Bryce Harper continued to take shape. He had the day off yesterday, and was called upon by his skipper Dusty Baker to pinch-hit in the ninth inning with the Nationals trailing 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins and without much hope. And a note real quick, it’s dawned on me that Dusty Baker might just be the perfect manager to bring out the most in Bryce Harper.
I mean, if Harper can put up the numbers that he did in 2015 playing for a total dick like Matt Williams; just imagine what he’s going to do playing for Ol’ Dusty! It’s like pairing a guy with all the talent in the world in ring with a great mouthpiece manager in wrestling. But it’s even more dynamic than that.
So back to the no-hope thing. Harper enters the game and gets into a battle with Kevin Jepsen he will assuredly win. Jepsen is no match for the hottest hitter on the planet. And Harper hits his most dramatic home run possibly ever.
The Nationals went on to play SIXTEEN innings and win in magical fashion on a Chris Heisey walk-off home run. The box score is something to marvel at.
On a wild day in baseball where a lot of bonus baseball was played, this one was possibly the one talked about most. This game began when my daughter went down for her nap, and didn’t end until after she was in bed. Baseball is neat like that.
You have to give Koehler credit. He’s nothing if not stubborn. Yesterday, he tried to sneak another fastball past Harper, and it is locked-in Harper we have to thank for a nice look at the forage in centerfield at Marlins Park.
Bryce Harper is truly an every night, human highlight reel. It seems like this was the moment when I noticed a lot of chatter of Bryce Harper passing up Mike Trout. I don’t know about all that, but it was just over a week ago that Bryce Harper had no grand slams. He now has two. This one iced out the Marlins in Miami.
It was his seventh home run of the young season. The Nationals won the game 7-0, and Stephen Strasburg sparkled. This one came off poor lefty one out man who didn’t get the out, Chris Narveson!
This was to be the statement comeback game of the year so far in 2016 for the Nationals. This was supposed to be where they overcame the deficit and won the game on the back of the best player in baseball, after he homered on a rocket to right center on a full count pitch to put the Nationals ahead 2-1 in the top of the ninth. The Nats were going to steal this one on getaway day, after Bryce Harper’s sixth home run. That would be the headline.
That is, until their bad ju-ju closer Jonathan Papelbon would enter the game and blow it in the bottom of the ninth.
Bryce Harper baptized not-for-long closer Jeanmar Gomez with a home run in the ninth inning, for his sixth of the year. It was the fourth straight game he had homered and I don’t even know how many straight at Citizens Bank Park, a streak that will ride into the next time he plays at this park.
The Nationals lost the game 3-2 and went to 9-2 instead of a shiny 10-1. But Bryce Harper is proving he’s the most difficult out since Barry Bonds.
I will never understand for the life of me why the Nationals felt the need to retain this slug. He is a true POS. He will rear his ugly head again in a big, much more costly spot. You watch.