Good Morning Natstown 5/18/15

The place where Bryce Harper was always properly rated.

The Washington Nationals are rolling. After the completion of a 5-2 road trip the Nationals are 15-4 since being down eight runs to the Atlanta Braves and staging an amazing comeback. They are now only 0.5 games back of the Mets for the division lead and if they keep playing like this it is only a matter of time until they pass them, but this is baseball and no one keeps playing like this. The Nats are hot right now and show no signs of slowing down. After once again scoring double digit runs they are now averaging 4.97 runs a game. The Nats can't stay this hot forever so enjoy it while it lasts, weather the cold streak, and then enjoy another hot stretch.

When talking about things that are hot with the Washington Nationals Bryce Harper is on fire. He had another multi-hit game yesterday with another home run. The man cannot be stopped. He is making a mockery of baseball leading in several offensive categories and putting on an offensive display baseball hasn't seen for awhile. Bryce Harper is now slugging .729 and has a wRC+ of 215. Bryce Harper is 115% better than the average major league hitter. The numbers are too good to last for an entire season but there is always the chance that they do, and if Harper finishes with numbers like this then his 2015 is in an entirely different category.

It is crazy to think about how good Harper has been. We should all sit back an enjoy this, but we shouldn't forget about the other players on the team. When Mike Rizzo signed Max Scherzer to a $210 million contract a lot of people wondered what the Nationals needed with another starting pitcher and thought they should have spent the money on a .300 40 homer bat. Not only does it turn out that the Nationals already had that offensive player on the team, but that Max Scherzer was much needed. Strasburg hasn't looked like himself this season, Jordan Zimmermann's velocity is down, and Doug Fister just hit the DL for an undetermined amount of time.

I guess what I'm saying is let's all just sit back and enjoy the ride. Let's watch Bryce Harper continue to make a mockery of opposing pitchers and Max Scherzer defy the laws of physics on the mound and hopefully by the end of the season it will be enough to lead the Nationals to a third division title in four years and back into the playoffs, and then anything can happen.

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