Trailing 7-0 after three innings against the Cubs today, the Phillies ended up rolling to a 17-8 blowout win. Several players contributed to the offensive explosion, though Bryce Harper again had a big game, walking twice and going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a three-run homer. Harper is now batting .314/.428/.627 with 33 home runs over 532 plate appearances, and he already entered today’s action with the highest fWAR (5.9) of any National League player. While Fernando Tatis Jr. and Trea Turner may have something to say about the NL MVP race over the last few weeks of the season, Harper is making a strong case for the second MVP Award of his career.
Of course, Harper’s case will be helped if he can sneak the Phillies into the playoffs. Today’s win brought Philadelphia three games behind the Braves in the NL East, and 2.5 games behind the Cardinals in the very crowded race for the second NL wild card spot.
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