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Washington Nationals Outfielder Bryce Harper Earns Third Player of the Week

The Washington Nationals' slugger makes it a hat trick ...

Bryce Harper has already been our Scout Hot Sheet Player of the Week now two separate times this season, and he's now made it a hat trick. Harper -- who's easily the frontrunner for the National League MVP award -- has hit safetly in seven straight games through Sunday, a period during which he hit .519 (14-for-27) with 12 runs scored, five home runs, one double, drove in a league-best 10 RBIs, struck out just three times while drawing five walks and posted an on-base percentage of .576, slugging 1.111.

There's a reason he's won this award three times. He's leading the majors with a .343 batting average, his .470 OBP is best in the bigs, as is his .674 slugging percentage, his 116 runs scored and his 1.143 OPS.

Four times in the last seven days, Harper has scored multiple runs, and five times in the last seven he's finished with multiple hits.

His best game came appropriately enough against division rival Philadelphia, on Sept. 15. Harper went 3-for-3 with two runs, nine total bases, two home runs and four RBIs against the Phillies in a 4-0 win. Harper slugged his 39th dinger of the year in the top of the first with two outs, and hoisted a two-run shot over the wall in the eighth inning, while singling home Yunel Escobar in the top of the third.

Harper paces the big leagues in average and runs (116), leads the NL in home runs (43), and is fifth in baseball  (second in the NL to Matt Kemp's 98) in RBIs (95).

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