Bryce Harper entered Wednesday’s game against the Marlins in a 4-for-25 (.160) season-opening slump, but he snapped out of it in loud fashion with this towering fourth-inning blast …
Harper also singled in the sixth inning as part of a 2-for-4 night. The Nationals rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to beat the visiting Marlins 10-7, helped by an eighth-inning Jayson Werth grand slam.
Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.
This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.
The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.