Bryce Harper is finally heating up

Chris Lingebach
August 03, 2018 - 5:12 pm

More than 100 games into the worst slump of his career, Bryce Harper is really heating up at the plate, and it couldn't come at a better time for the Nationals.

Harper's batting .230 on the season, 55 points below his career average (.285) over his first six MLB seasons. His low point of 2018 was a .209 average on June 20.

Perhaps it took the rush of winning the Home Run Derby in front of his home crowd, but Harper's turned it on since the All-Star Break.

Since July 20, Harper's slashing .359/.480/.692 (1.172 OPS) with four doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI and nine walks. He's 13-for-35 over his last 11 games, averaging .371 average and slugging .743.

Oh, and he's back to launching long bombs. He now has 26 homers on the season after this towering shot off Raisel Iglesias Thursday night.

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