It’s the end of August already?
So Bryce Harper hit a home run last night, his 100th in Nationals Park. It’s a big accomplishment for him in his career, one that will continue with more home runs in Washington as the years go on.
However, it begs the question: why is anyone giving him anything to hit?
The lineup for the Phillies took a huge hit when Rhys Hoskins went down and they’re currently relying on the reserves to pick up the slack. Players like Andrew McCutchen are also playing hurt and others are not exactly lighting the world on fire. All told, they only have two players who would make a manager think twice about pitching two them, and only one of them is a real power threat: Harper.
So again, why pitch to him? It’s got to be one of the bigger concerns for the team heading down the stretch. If teams start pitching around him, they will need someone else to pick up the slack and drive in runs. Hoskins was good at it, but he’s gone. J.T. Realmuto will most likely hit behind Harper in the lineup, so he’ll be counted on to be a run producer. He hasn’t had the typical Realmuto season, but there is still time for him to drive in runs.
On to the links.
- It’s hard to argue that Odubel Herrera hasn’t been extremely productive of late, but we know how streaky he can be. As cousin Eddie would say, “Best to just let him finish.”
- Does this sound like a guy who is going to be coming back to Philadelphia in the near future?
- The team will continue to mix and match it up down the stretch, relying on those matchups to help propel them into October ($).
- You like stats, I like stats, we all like stats. Here are some good ones from the season thus far.
- An interesting story about the former CEO of Disney and how he got mixed up in the MLB-Topps split.
- The Blue Jays got a much needed reinforcement with George Springer getting activated off of the injured list.