Hot Harper wears Phillies in NL East title race | Baseball

By on September 27, 2021 0

Don’t expect Harper to glance at his oversized stats on the dashboard.

“I haven’t looked at my numbers,” he said. “I don’t like Joe showing me my numbers. I don’t let my friends show me my numbers. I don’t let (wife) Kayla or whatever … I don’t watch it on Instagram. Whenever my eyes get even closer to looking at something, it’s as fast as possible.

Ask around for the National League, however, and Harper is going to have to fight for the MVP.

Take, for example, San Diego slugger Fernando Tatis Jr., who leads the NL with 41 homers.

“I am fortunate to see Fernando Tatis Jr. play 18 times a year and he brings an incredible amount of energy to the pitch,” said Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo. “It’s those kinds of things he can do that for me points him to him as a potential MVP winner this year. But there are a lot of good candidates.

There are a few, like Washington outfielder Juan Soto. Soto, 22, was the star of the winning team at the 2019 World Championships and leads the league in goals and percentage based.

“Juan should consider being that MVP,” said manager Dave Martinez. “What he has done and what he represents for this team, as you know he carries this team day in and day out.”

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