Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit the 150th home run of his six-year career, drilling a first pitch breaking ball from Odrisamer Despaigne out to right field for a solo shot.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Harper is the 14th player to hit 150 home runs before his 25th birthday. He joins Eddie Mathews, Alex Rodriguez, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mike Trout, Frank Robinson, Albert Pujols, Orlando Cepeda, Giancarlo Stanton, Johnny Bench, and Andruw Jones.
Harper entered Monday’s action batting .326/.422/.615 with 28 home runs and 81 RBI in 453 plate appearances. Pretty good.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.