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So Far Bryce Harper Is Living Up To The Ridiculous Hype

This post refers to grantland.com

Rany Jazayerli:

After going 3-for-4 with a walk Monday night, Harper is batting .295/.381/.527. He isn’t simply holding his own — he’s dominating. Among players with at least 160 plate appearances, Harper ranks 12th in the NL with a .908 OPS.

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His fellow teenage debutants don’t come close to replicating his performance. As a 19-year-old rookie, [Adrian] Beltre hit .215/.278/.369. [Andruw] Jones hit .217/.265/.443 when he was called up in 1996. [Alex] Rodriguez debuted in the majors while he was still 18, but he was clearly overmatched and hit .204/.241/.204 before he was sent back to the minors. The following year, A-Rod played sparingly and batted .232/.264/.408.

I haven’t seen Harper play yet (my sports time has been consumed by the NBA Finals), but I had no idea he was playing this well. We could be on the cusp of something real special, especially when you consider the company he is currently in.

Strasburg Has Been Phenomenal

This post refers to espn.go.com

David Schoenfield on Stephen Strasburg:

He’s allowed four runs in five starts … and has two victories. Please explain to your friends why wins are overrated. He’s been absolutely dominant, hasn’t allowed a home run and with the Nationals leading the NL East, the speculation has already heated about what the club will do about Strasburg’s supposed innings limit if the club is in the pennant race in September.

This stat is about a week old, but even then, amazing. Another perfect proof as to why pitching wins mean nothing.