File this under "Things that are not surprising." We have a file labeled like that, right? Anyway, Bryce Harper was named the NL Player of the Week for the second straight week after he went 12 for 23 on the Washington Nationals' road trip through Arizona and San Diego. Harper hit two doubles, a triple and three home runs, with nine RBIs, nine walks and just one strikeout in 32 plate appearances, finishing the week with a .522/.656/.1.087 line, (1.743 OPS?), and a .474 BABIP. Unreal.
As the Nationals' noted in a press release on the award, Harper became just the 10th player since the "inception" of the NL POTW award in 1974 to win it in consecutive weeks, joining a list that includes the Phillies' Domonic Brown (2013), the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (2012), the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki (2010), Jose Reyes when he was with the Mets (in 2006), Jason Bay when he was with the Pirates (2006), the Astros' Jeff Bagwell (1994), the Padres' Tony Gwynn (1988) and Jason Thompson (1982 w/ Pirates).
"I think he's just playing and he's understanding the strike zone," Matt Williams said after Harper's 3 for 4 performance in the series finale in San Diego in which the right fielder fell a double short of the cycle.
"He's taking a walk when it's offered to him and when he gets guys in scoring position, he's aggressive and he's waiting for a good pitch to hit and that's the difference for any hitter, but somebody that's got his ability it makes a huge difference."
On the year, Harper now has a .338/.476/.729 line with eight doubles, a triple and 14 home runs in 39 games and 170 plate appearances, over which he's been worth a National League-leading +2.9 fWAR.
(Harper leads the majors in fWAR, but who cares about the American League.)
Congrats to Harper.
Oh and he might just be a cyborg: