NL MVP Watch: Bryce Harper
The Bryce Harper MVP campaign before the season was a big one, and he’s living up to expectations. Harper is slashing .357/.493/.1.118 with 20 hits, 13 runs scores, four home runs, and eight RBI on the season. It’s hard to believe that he got off to what many considered a “slow start” to the 2021 season.
Over the last seven games for the Phillies, Harper is slashing .458/.552/.792 with 11 hits, six runs scored, two home runs, and four RBI. The biggest standout with Bryce’s hitting so far has been his ability to use all of the field, and not fall back on the tendency to pull everything. The main reason of Bryce’s past slumps have been due to him trying to kill everything to right field. One of the biggest things that all good hitters know, is that you take whatever the pitcher gives to you, and you adjust.
Bryce Harper plays the biggest role on this team. His leadership, determination, and grit helps drive the whole team everyday, on and off the field. Bryce Harper has been playing head turning baseball, and the team needs to pick it up and rally behind this man.
The Phillies currently sit at 9-9 on the year, one game behind the New York Mets for first place in the NL East. A major part of those nine wins have been due to Bryce, with his big time plate presence and aggressiveness taking over baseball games on a nightly basis. Bryce Harper is on track to beat his stats from 2015, which was his MVP season. If Bryce keeps hitting the ball like he has been over the first 18 games, the NL MVP Award is his to lose.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Phillies