It took 15 games for Bryce Harper to hit his first homer and less than 24 hours to go deep again, as the 19-year-old phenom homered off Padres starter Anthony Bass this afternoon.
Harper now has two homers and six doubles in 58 at-bats, which is a pretty remarkable pace for extra-base hits. That works out to about 80 total extra-base hits per 160 games and to put that in some context last season only Jacoby Ellsbury (83) and Robinson Cano (81) topped that mark among all MLB batters.
Obviously he’s unlikely to maintain that pace for an entire season as a teenager and Harper is only hitting .241 with a .318 on-base percentage, but the jaw-dropping power potential that everyone raved about in the minors is already here.
UPDATE: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com the last teenager to homer on back-to-back days was Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.
Marlins Park has been around since 2012, but coming into Thursday’s action, the ballpark hadn’t seen any player rob a home run. Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson changed that in Thursday night’s series finale in Miami.
Christian Yelich smoked a 1-2 slider that Edinson Volquez left up in the zone, hitting what looked like a solo home run to straightaway center field. Dyson gave chase, timed his leap, and snagged the ball in spectacular fashion to save a run on Volquez’s behalf.
The Statcast numbers are pretty impressive:
Indeed, Dyson’s snag is the first home run robbery at Marlins Park, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The Mets are concerned with starter Jacob deGrom and are considering pushing back his next start, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports. The club thinks the right-hander is fatigued.
deGrom, 28, has had another strong season, currently standing with a 2.96 ERA and a 137/32 K/BB ratio in 143 innings. However, he’s battled command issues in his last two starts. Against the Giants and Cardinals, he gave up a combined 13 earned runs on 25 hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in nine and two-thirds innings.
The Mets are already without Steven Matz, Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey, and Jon Niese. deGrom’s recent bout is just the latest in what has been a season-long starting pitching struggle for the club. Nevertheless, only the Cubs (2.85) and Nationals (3.57) have posted a better aggregate starting pitching ERA than the Mets’ 3.66.