For all the concern about the Nationals’ offense in the playoffs without Wilson Ramos, his replacement provided their biggest hit thus far in the postseason.
With two on and two out in the bottom of the fourth inning, catcher Jose Lobaton launched a 1-1 curveball from Dodgers starter Rich Hill curveball to left field to give the Nats a 3-2 lead in Game 2 of the NLDS.
The homer provided a much-needed jolt to a Washington lineup that had struggled to get anything going off Hill. Manager Dusty Baker said prior to the game he chose to go with Lobaton behind the dish over rookie Pedro Severino because of the former's career success against the Dodgers lefty. Through five innings, the Nats' skipper is looking wise for doing so.
Hill was chased from the game an inning later after Daniel Murphy's RBI single to extend the lead to 4-2. If the Nats can hold on, it will be their first home playoff win since 2012.
Bryce Harper has been having a little fun on Twitter lately with his fans, who are still anxiously waiting to hear which MLB team the coveted free agent will sign with this season.
And the 26-year-old slugger's jokes continued through the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night.
The Patriots' 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs was broadcasted on CBS, so former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was calling the game, along with Jim Nantz. Since Romo joined the broadcast booth for the 2017 season, he's repeatedly proven he can read a defense before a quarterback does and predict a play before it unfolds.
He did it again during the AFC championship matchup, and fans watching were stunned at his accuracy. And that brings us to Harper, who chimed in with a joke about Romo's spot-on predictions.
So, does this mean Harper knows what his future team is?! Maybe he's growing as tired of the anticipation as fans (especially Nationals fans) are.
Recently, he's been responding on Twitter to discussions about where he'll end up with shrugging and questioning emojis -- making light of the offseason's biggest mystery.
After Romo's proven history of being able to predict the future on the NFL side with incredible accuracy, maybe he does know Harper's future too. Here's a look at some of his predictions from the Patriots-Chiefs game, as well as from his first couple seasons in the booth.
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After weeks of twists and turns and not enough information for any Nationals fan's satisfaction, the Chicago Cubs seem to be out of the race for free agent Bryce Harper.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant seemingly confirmed the news on Friday night from the opening ceremonies of the 2019 Cubs Convention.
"He's not signing here," Bryant said as he sat down with NBC Sports Chicago.
Though there have been no official reports of whether or not the Cubs are completely out in the race to sign Harper, a word from one of Harper's longtime friends shouldn't be brushed aside.
Bryant and Harper took the field together in the 2016 MLB All-Star game, and faced off in the 2017 NLDS Cubs-Nats matchup.
The pair have known each other since grade schoool, and played for rival high schools in Las Vegas. But despite their history, Bryant says that they haven't chatted much about the situation otherwise, choosing to focus on preserving their friendship.
"I never bring it up to him," Bryant admitted. "I try to be a good friend to him, and not talk about baseball when he doesn't want to talk about baseball."
"Whatever happens, I wish [him] the best."
You can see more of Bryant's interview with NBCSC below.
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