Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is easily the front runner for the National League MVP award. He furthered his case to take home the award for the 2015 season on Thursday when the Nationals took on the Atlanta Braves.
He had quite the unusual batting line after the Washington Nationals annihilated the Atlanta Braves by the score of 15-1. His batting line went a bit like this no at-bats, no hits, four walks, four runs scored and four RBI.
Harper saw 20 pitches during his four plate appearances and didn’t swing at a single pitch, according to ESPN. It was the second most pitches seen without a swing in the past decade.
When at the plate he walked in the first, second, third and fifth innings. During his second inning plate appearance the bases just happened to be loaded and he ended up walking in a run for an RBI.
As if all of that wasn’t unusual enough, he’s already done it once before this season – on August 18 – against the Colorado Rockies. He’s the only player to accomplish the feat twice in a single season since 1914. Only two other players have even done it twice in their entire careers – Joe Morgan and Jim Gilliam.
“Harper is just the fourth player to ever go 0-for-0 with at least four runs and walks. The other three? Rickey Henderson on July 29, 1989; Joe Morgan on July 27, 1973; and Larry Doby on Sept. 19, 1951.”
Not to mention it was just the 52nd time that it has happened in baseball history, including Harper’s August 18th batting line.
Harper even exited the game early, leaving in the sixth. You never know, he could have had a chance at a couple more walks to make for some really crazy history!
Making history has been Harper’s MO since coming into the league at just 19 years old. Since then he was named the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year and has been an All-Star three times in his four seasons in the big leagues.
Harper is currently leading the NL in batting average (.331), on-base percentage (.460), slugging percentage (.627), on-base plus slugging percentage or OPS (1.086) and OPS+ (.193). He’s also third in home runs with 31 and was the first player to even reach the 30 home run mark in the NL this season.
With statistics like those and performances like Thursdays, Harper is going to runaway with the National League MVP Award in 2015.