OK, so the Washington Nationals aren’t off to the best start to the 2018 season. But Bryce Harper and his jaw-dropping stats are a different story.
Through the Nats’ first nine games of the season, the team is currently riding a five-game losing streak — which is could end Monday in the first of a three-game home series against the Atlanta Braves — but Harper’s bat is on fire.
Yes, it’s still incredibly early in the season, but his numbers are impressive regardless. At one point, Harper was hitting more homers than seven MLB teams.
So let’s check in on where that number is now, plus look at a few other stunning stats from his first nine games.
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1. He still has the same or more homers than a fifth of MLB teams
So last week, he had more dingers than seven teams, and now, that number dropped to six. With six of his 10 season hits being home runs, Harper has as many as the Cincinnati Reds and more than the Dodgers (4), Rays (4), Marlins (3), Tigers (2) and Royals (2).
His six homers are also the most for any player in the majors, with the Twins’ Brian Dozier, Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon and White Sox’s Matt Davidson behind him with four apiece.
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2. Making history
Harper is the third player in MLB history to rack up at least six home runs and 12 BB through the team’s first 10 games of the season — according to ESPN Stats & Info — and he did it in nine games and actually has 13 BB. He joins Barry Bonds (2002) and Jim Thome (2006) in that exclusive stats club.
3. Sluggers gonna slug
So naturally with numbers like that, Harper’s slugging percentage is pretty high. With a .357 batting average, his slugging percentage is at 1.000. So yeah, that’s pretty good and also the best of any other player across both leagues. The Yankees’ Didi Gregorius is behind him at .906.
4. Hand in hand
Going along with his crazy slugging percentage and his .535 on-base percentage, Harper naturally has an MLB-high 1.535 OPS. However, Gregorius isn’t far behind him with a 1.430 OPS.
Again, it’s still very, very early in the season, but if Harper can maintain numbers even close to this throughout the season, he’ll be unstoppable — although, as we’ve seen through the first few games, it’s not enough to carry the Nats to victory.