With his two-run home run off Marlins’ lefty Justin Nicolino last night in Miami, Bryce Harper extended his career-best, single-season hit streak to 12-straight games.
He did, however, have a 12-game hit streak between September 24, 2012 and April 4, 2013, so a hit tonight will give him a new career-best streak.
Harper, 23, went 1 for 4 with a walk in the series opener with the Fish, leaving him 16 for 50 (.320/.404/.560) with three doubles, three home runs, seven walks and eight Ks over the course of the last 12 games. He also has hits in 14 of 16 games in June, over which he’s 18 for 63 (.286/.378/.492).
On the year, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick has a .316/.422/.612 line with 16 doubles and 18 home runs in 63 games and 282 plate appearances.
Harper’s currently leading all NL vote-getters for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, with a total of 2,827,330 votes thus far.
As of the latest update on the All-Star voting, which came out yesterday, Harper and teammates, Ryan Zimmerman at first, and Daniel Murphy at second, are leading the voting at their respective positions.
In 44 career games, Harper’s now 41 for 154 (.266/.345/.506) with nine doubles, two triples, and eight home runs in 177 PAs in Marlins Park.
That’s all the Harper-related stats we have to pad this post which is really just to get the lineup for tonight’s game in front of your eyes... Oh wait, one more...
Tonight he’s taking on right-hander Edinson Volquez, against whom he’s 1 for 11 in their respective careers.
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE SECOND OF THREE IN MIAMI:
NOTE: No Anthony Rendon in the lineup after he jarred his neck on a diving play early in the series opener in Miami. Dusty Baker will surely have an update when he speaks to reporters before tonight’s game...