Bryce Harper wins first award of the season with MLB Player of the Week honors
Earlier today, Bryce Harper was named National League Player of the Week after absolutely destroying the Mariners and Dodgers over a six-game span last week. Harper hit .609 (14-for-23) with three home runs, eight RBI, and a 1.904 OPS.
Harper didn’t play yesterday after getting a scheduled PRP injection for his injured right elbow. The reigning NL MVP has been limited to the designated hitter role for the Phillies for the majority of this season due to a small UCL tear, but has been red-hot at the plate.
Harper is 17-for-36, batting .472 with five home runs, seven doubles, 12 RBI, and 11 runs scored over his last nine games. He has a major league-leading 24 extra-base hits on the season, five more than anyone else in the entire league.
Looking at the Dodgers series alone, over the last three games, Harper has seven extra-base hits, most ever by a visiting player in a three-game stretch at Dodger stadium. On Saturday night, Harper continued his hot streak, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, double, three RBI, and two runs scored.
Harper got off to a slow start to the 2022 season, hitting a miserable .138 over the first eight games of the season. Since then, things took a sharp turn for the better, with Harper hitting .353 with eight home runs, 22 RBI, and a wild 1.118 OPS over his last 26 games.
Bryce Harper National League Rankings
- HR – T-1st (9)
- 2B – T-1st (14)
- R – 1st (29)
- RBIs – T-2nd (27)
- SLG – 1st (.634)
- OPS – 2nd (.995)
- SB – T-3rd (6)
Bryce Harper MLB Rankings
- Extra-Base Hits (1st)
- Total Bases (1st)
- Runs Scored (1st)
- Doubles (T-1st)
This is the sixth time in Harper’s career that he won the MLB Player of the Week Award and the first time he has earned the honors since the 2018 season. The Phillies have the day off today before opening a three game series against the Padres tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park.