— MLB (@MLB) May 14, 2017
Bryce Harper is back!
Last night, his last at-bat ended with two-run home run to walk-off the Phillies in the ninth inning. His first at-bat in the very next game, ended pretty much in the same way. Facing Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson, Harper hit another line drive that was popped with so much force it carried over the wall — this time in right field.
It’s his 12th home run of the season and fifth in eight games against the Phillies this season. He currently is hitting .370/.493/.748 with 32 RBIs (following the at-bat). The thought process as he starts to heat up is not to pitch to him. Unfortunately for opposing pitchers, the Nationals lineup is loaded. The bat that usually comes after Harper is Ryan Zimmerman, he only leads the NL in every triple crown category, hitting .397/.437/.817 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs.
Bryce Harper with his 5th HR against the Phillies in 8 games this season. He hit 4 against them in 17 games last season pic.twitter.com/jc6Fkl0Rnc
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 14, 2017
Maybe the Phillies need to take advantage of Zimmerman not being in the lineup in the first game of a doubleheader or else face the consequence of Harper delivering.