We recapped the Phillies victory yesterday, talking about how well things turned out after an especially bad bullpen performance during the series. We touched on Bryce Harper, but last night, our very own schmenkman posted this:
So far Bryce Harper's 2021 looks an awful lot like his MVP season.— schmenkman (@tgpschmenk) April 21, 2021
Certainly not a prediction, in fact more of a comment on his historic 2015, arguably MLB's best hitting season of the 2000s*.
*non-Barry Bonds divisionhttps://t.co/8HkFcFKlsX#Phillies @TheGoodPhight pic.twitter.com/9xlPjgONPi
It’s easy to focus on Harper’s accomplishment here since what he’s done the past few days has been incredible. But the bigger takeaway should be the number of RBI he is on pace for. RBI might be a context heavy stat, but it’s still one that does have some value and meaning. The meaning here is that the team needs to make sure that players are on base in front of him to take advantage of how hot he is. He could cool off at any second, but while he’s ripping nearly everything in sight, it would behoove the team to make sure they have players with the ability to get on base prior to his arrival at the plate.
On to the links.
- Lost in all the hoopla of the offense yesterday was the performance of Spencer Howard. It would be nice if he kept it up all year.
- Here’s a look at the team’s taxi squad and other pertinent information with their Lehigh Valley affiliate.
- “A pitcher’s worst nightmare” is the best way to describe Harper right now.
- If you were the Phillies, would you take on Aaron Hicks right now?
- The pandemic has sped up the direct-to-consumer way of doing business and it seems that baseball has finally awoken to that realization.
- When it comes to doctoring the baseballs, it looks like MLB is going to be cautious in how they deal with perpetrators ($).
- The MLB draft is nearing and here is a new top 150 ranking of prospects.
- Dinelson Lamet is headed for an MRI on his elbow a day after returning from the IL with an elbow injury.
- Anibal Sanchez will throw another bullpen session and is getting interest from a lot of teams.