3 Phillies crucial to making postseason dreams a reality

Philadelphia Phillies reliever Hector Neris Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Philadelphia Phillies reliever Hector Neris Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Phillies Bryce Harper
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Phillies outfielder and superstar slugger Bryce Harper

Just like Thanos, Bryce Harper appearing on a list like this feels inevitable. At this point, I am not sure what else there is to say about Harper that hasn’t already been said.

Since the All-Star break, all Harper has done is hit. He’s managed to slash an astounding .352/.484/.753 with a historic OPS of 1.238 to go along with 18 home runs and 46 RBIs.

Head over to his Baseball Savant page and you’ll see that Harper is currently in the top 90% of major league hitters in: average exit velocity, max exit velocity, hard hit%, xwOBA, xBA, xSLG, Barrel%, and BB%. FanGraphs currently has him tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the MLB lead in  WRC+, one of the most useful metrics for evaluating a hitter.

Harper is an absolute one-man wrecking crew right now, and he’s essentially trying to will the Phillies into the playoffs at this point. What he’s doing right now is likely not sustainable, and it’s unrealistic to ask him to keep up this pace. However, Philadelphia needs Harper to stay locked in if they have any hoping of catching the Atlanta Braves for the NL East crown or snatching that second wild card.

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