Rival pitcher raves about “legend” Bryce Harper

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies to end the first inning during game two of a double header at Citi Field on April 13, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough in New York City.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies to end the first inning during game two of a double header at Citi Field on April 13, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough in New York City. /
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Marcus Stroman calls Bryce Harper “a legend” after fan reveals interesting stat on Twitter

Bryce Harper is coming off an MVP season with the Philadelphia Phillies, but every great hitter has at least one pitcher they simply can’t figure out, and vice versa.

According to Twitter this week, Marcus Stroman and Josh Tomlin are those pitchers for Harper.

Stroman, who is one of the most active players on Twitter, came across the stat and took it as an opportunity to praise Harper.

This isn’t the first time Stroman has shown love for Phillies players. Last fall, he called Harper “unreal.”

And remember this?

Stroman also campaigned for Zack Wheeler to win the NL Cy Young, despite them being on rival NL East teams at the time. The two overlapped on the Mets a few years back, before Wheeler signed with the Phillies.

With all this love for Phillies players, it’s a shame Stroman isn’t one himself. After a stellar 2021 campaign, he signed a lucrative three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. While this benefits Phillies batters, who will face him less now that he’s out of the division, it’s a shame that he didn’t join the rotation.

Over his last two seasons (he opted out of the 2020 season), Stroman posted a 3.12 ERA over 65 starts. He’s been excellent over the majority of his seven-year career, winning a Gold Glove in 2017, and going to the All-Star Game in 2019. He’s quietly one of the most dominant pitchers in the entire game and seems to only get better each year.

The Phillies’ top priorities this offseason (lockout excluded) have been the bullpen and outfield, but the starting rotation remains seriously unbalanced. Signing Stroman would have been a serious upgrade.

And, Harper would remain hitless against him.

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