Philadelphia Phillies: Bryce Harper Deserves the Very Best From Nats’ Fans
Bryce Harper returns to D.C. after spending seven seasons with the Washington Nationals and he deserves to have fans cheer him. The Philadelphia Phillies face the Nats for a three-game series, starting tonight. Zach Eflin hits the mound for Philly and he’ll be opposed by righty Max Scherzer.
Bryce Harper made the Nats a relevant franchise and not just as an “average Joe”.
During his time in a Nats uniform, the lefty slugger hit 184 homers and drove in 521 runs with a Rookie of the Year and MVP award to boot.
Bryce Harper played in 19 postseason games and, even though he was a .211 hitter in the playoffs, he did tally five homers and 10 RBIs.
Nats’ fans will boo Harper because he departed for a large contract with a division rival. Nonetheless, the fact is the Nats offered him just $30 million less than what he got to join Philly.
Overall, I would expect mostly cheers from the Nats faithful since Mr. Harper has brought a level of excitement and anticipation to a team that was less than stellar.
Is he the key to the Phils winning this series?
The Phils will need consistency from its pitching staff in order to slow down a Nats lineup that includes Trea Turner (.385, 2 homers, four RBIs and outfielder Victor Robles hit .455 with 11 total bases in the opening series against the NY Mets.)
Zach Eflin gets the nod tonight and doesn’t leave Phillies Nation at ease in a big division game like this.
The righty is still looking to be a stable force after being in the bigs each of the last three seasons.
Bryce Harper isn’t the key when it comes to deciding who will win this series, however, when he gets going it becomes infectious throughout the Phitins’ lineup.
It’s worth noting that the Nats’ pitching staff gave up 16 runs in their last two games versus New York.
Philly third baseman Maikel Franco has a pair of long balls and seven ribbies to kick off his 2019 campaign.
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