Batter’s Box: Bryce, Bryce, Baby

I know he’s probably pretty low on everybody’s radar, but I hear tell that this Bryce Harper kid is pretty good. How good? Well he just went 4-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI on Wednesday night. I mean, look, it’s not surprising that Harper is good, he was drafted as a top-five player, it’s just been refreshing to see him being this good. Obviously he’s not going to bat over .400 all year, but Harper is proving more and more that last year’s dip was just a bad year and he’s more than over it.

Let’s take a look at some of the other performances from Wednesday night:

Josh Bell (1B, PIT) – 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI. Bell only launched a solo shot Wednesday night, and it was his first of what has been a disappointing start to the season. Bell will be given a shot though, and he’s super talented, so I’m hoping that he can turn things around, because he was a lot of people’s ROTY choice, he has that kind of potential.

Dexter Fowler (OF, STL) – 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI. Finally, Dexter Fowler has a nice night, and I’m hoping this will be a sign of things to come. I still believe he’ll have a good week, as his matchups are solid, and hopefully that’ll pick him up for the future.

Jett Bandy (C, MIL) – 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI. Another nice night for one of the best names in baseball, but like I said last time, there’s nothing to see here as long as he’s in a timeshare.

Addison Russell (SS, CHC) – 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 SB. A really nice night for one of my favorite bounceback candidates this year. Russell was the hero with the walk-off home run and he grabbed you a steal, you can’t ask for much more.

Joey Gallo (3B, TEX) – 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI. Joey Gallo hits monster home runs and strikes out, it’s what he does and he does it well.

Khris Davis (OF, OAK) – 2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI. Yea, I think he might just hit more than 40 home runs again.

Yonder Alonso (1B, OAK) – 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI. Yonder Alonso back to life, I’m interested in what he’s doing so far, it’s a nice little start. I’m not buying yet, but pay attention.

Chad Pinder (2B, OAK) – 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI. Good for Chad Pinder, but there’s nothing to see here.

Christian Yelich (OF, MIA) – 3-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI. He is my Yelich and I love him. Seriously though, this guy is so good.

Giancarlo Stanton (OF, MIA) – 3-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI. The man has enormous power, and luckily, he gave you a 1.000 average on the night too.

Ichiro Suzuki (OF, MIA) – 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI. Good for Ichiro! Hitting a home run in Safeco, that’s just a nice story.

Chase Headley (3B, NYY) – 1-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI. Headley is off to a nice start, but he’s 33, I don’t think we’re expecting a breakout year or something.

Aaron Judge (OF, NYY) – 2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI. I feel like I’m going to talk about him every batter’s box. Aaron Judge hits home runs and he’s really good at it, hopefully the average keeps up.

Kevin Pillar (OF, TOR) – 3-4, 2 SB. Why can’t Pillar put 2015 numbers back up? I believe it.

Miguel Cabrera (1B, DET) – 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI. Oh, huh, Miguel Cabrera is pretty good.

Evan Longoria (3B, TB) – 3-4, 3 RBI. Longoria is off to a slow start, but he’ll pick it up, don’t worry.

Adam Eaton (OF, WSH) – 2-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB. Adam Eaton seems to be taking to Washington quite nicely, and I don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon. 100 runs this year? Why not?

Freddie Freeman (1B, ATL) – 2-3, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI. Shoutout to Freddie Freeman who has been absolutely destroying the ball lately.

Ryan Zimmerman (1B, WSH) – 3-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 4 RBI. Look at Ryan Zimmerman go, it’s still happening. I’m still intruiged and I’m starting to believe. If he can stay healthy, we might be looking at the Ryan Zimmerman comeback.

Mitch Haniger (OF, SEA) – 3-4, 3 R, 4 RBI. Mitch Haniger just keeps hitting, and it’s pretty legit. He was a sleeper for a lot of people (including myself) and he’s making us all look good.

Kyle Seager (3B, SEA) – 2-3, 4 RBI. Kind of disappointing we haven’t seen a home run from Seager yet, but don’t worry, it’ll happen.

Jay Bruce (OF, NYM) – 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI. THE BRUCE IS LOOSE. Bruce is making the Mets look super smart for not dealing him. I don’t necessarily believe the average will stay, but the power has never been in question.

Josh Reddick (OF, HOU) – 3-4, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI. Reddick keeps being underrated. If he can stay healthy, why can’t he do 2015 over again?

Ben Palmer

Lifelong Orioles fan (which can be....painful at times) and a Ravens/Wizards/Terps fan. I also listen to way too much music and watch way too many movies.


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