Bryce Harper didn’t have an official at-bat tonight, but he still made a major impact in the Nationals’ 15-1 blowout victory over the Braves.
Harper walked in all four of his plate appearances and scored four runs. One of the walks came with the bases loaded, so he was also credited with an RBI. This is actually the second time this season that Harper has walked four times and scored four runs in the same game. He also pulled it off on August 18 against the Rockies. According to ESPN Sports & Info, Harper the first player to do it twice in the same season since Dom DiMaggio in 1950.
Perhaps more amazingly, Harper didn’t swing at any of the 20 pitches he saw tonight. According to ESPN Sports & Info, that’s the second-most pitches without a swing in a game over the past 10 seasons. Juan Uribe saw 21 pitches without a swing in a game in 2010.
Harper is batting .331/.464/.627 with 31 home runs and 79 RBI in 126 games this season. He leads the National League in batting average and leads the majors in on-base percentage and OPS. Oh, and he’s 22 years old.
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was pulled from Wednesday’s game with left quad discomfort and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that an MRI today showed that he’s dealing with a “mild strain.”
Murphy had a stint on the disabled list earlier this year with the same injury. He attempted to downplayed the situation after Wednesday’s game by saying that his quad was “just a shade less than 100 percent,” but the Mets figure to play things safe with him. Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, and Wilmer Flores (currently in Venezuela to attend to his ailing grandfather) are all options to fill in at second base and Michael Cuddyer can cover first base with Lucas Duda still sidelined.
Like most of the Mets hitters, Murphy is coming off a really strong August at the plate. The 30-year-old is batting .282/.325/.430 with 10 home runs and 58 RBI over 107 games this season.
Matt Harvey suffered from dehydration after pitching against the Phillies yesterday, and he didn’t make the team flight. There was some concern that he may miss his next start as a result, but it looks like he’ll make it:
Of course, with the Mets looking like a lock for the postseason, one wonders if the Mets may skip him or push him back some at some point in order to make sure he’s fresh.