Video: Bryce Harper crushes his 41st home run

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper contributed to Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Marlins, absolutely destroying a Kyle Barraclough pitch in the seventh inning for his 41st home run. Yunel Escobar had led off the inning with a walk ahead of Harper.

Harper, 22, should be a unanimous pick for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Along with the 41 home runs to lead the National League, he’s batting .340/.467/.671 (all three lead the majors) with 95 RBI and 113 runs scored (best in the majors).

Harper’s season is outstanding on its own merit, but it’s historically great considering how young he is. He’ll finish the season with over 10 Wins Above Replacement, per Baseball Reference. Mike Trout and Ted Williams are the only players since 1901 to post a 10 WAR season ahead of their age-23 season.

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The Mets lost to the Yankees on Saturday, so the Nationals haven’t flatlined in the NL East yet. They trail the Mets by seven and a half games.