Bryce Harper crosses the 30 home run barrier in the Bay


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Late on a Friday night in San Francisco, when the Nationals saw their season basically salt away due to their ace getting rocked by those pesky, annoying Giants; Bryce Harper reached the 30 home run plateau for the first time when Matt Cain tried to sneak a high fastball past him.

It seems like it has been a good while since we’ve done one of these posts. Hopefully there are about 10 or 15 more of them before the season concludes. Harper is going to need to get hot.

Harper had this to say about hitting his 30th:

“I’m playing for 40,” Harper said. “When you’re worried about 30, you’re not worrying about 40. I want to hit 40 or 50. I just want to keep going and keep battling. Hopefully if I’m doing that, we’re winning ballgames and at the end of the day that’s all that matters. Personal stats are fun and whatever, but it’s all about winning ball games and what you can do for your team.”

We would really like to see him get to at least 40. The Nationals it appears are going to fall well short of their lofty expectations once again. Harper will need a strong finish to win the MVP award.