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Gleyber Torres hits 10th homer of the year against the Orioles. It’s May 22.

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Yesterday, we discussed the historic rate at which the Orioles are allowing home runs. Orioles pitchers combined to allow 100 homers on the season entering Wednesday’s action, putting them on pace for 338 over 162 games. That would break the all-time record by the Reds’ staff in 2016 , which allowed 258 round-trippers.

The Yankees in particular have contributed heavily to that 100-homer total. 29 percent, to be exact. Of those 29 homers, Gleyber Torres and Gary Sánchez hit eight each. The Yankees had 73 homers on the season, meaning 40 percent of their homers have come against the O’s.

The onslaught continued on Wednesday. Thairo Estrada and DJ LeMahieu each hit a two-run homer off of Dan Straily in the second inning. Torres followed up in the third with a solo homer. Gary Sánchez hit a bases-empty blast in the fourth, and Torres hit another solo shot in the fifth.

MASN’s Gary Thorne’s call of Torres’ second homer was fitting. “In the air to right field, Mancini going back on the ball by Torres. Way back. Up and — Gah! [chuckles] I don’t even know. Goodbye, home run. I mean…”

If you’re keeping score at home: Orioles pitching has now allowed 104 homers in 49 games, now a pace for 344 over 162 games. The Yankees have 77 homers on the year. Torres now has 12 homers to date with 10 of them — ten! — coming against the Orioles. Sánchez has 15 home runs with nine having been hit versus the O’s.

Fortunately for the Orioles, after the series finale on Thursday, they will not play the Yankees again until August 5.

Nats’ success shouldn’t be about Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper turns 27 years old today. As an early birthday present, he got to watch his former team reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history. His new team finished exactly at .500 in fourth place, missing the playoffs. These were facts that did not go unnoticed as the Nationals completed an NLCS sweep of the Cardinals at home last night.

Harper spent seven seasons with the Nationals before hitting free agency and ultimately signing with the Phillies on a 13-million, $330 million contract. The Nationals offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract at the end of the 2018 regular season, but about $100 million of that was deferred until he was 65 which lowered the present-day value of the offer. The Nats’ offer wasn’t even in the same ballpark, really.

Nevertheless, Nationals fans were upset that their prodigy jilted them to go to the Phillies. He was mercilessly booed whenever the Phillies played in D.C. Nats fans’ Harper jerseys were destroyed, or at least taped over.

Harper, of course, was phenomenal with the Nationals. He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2012, then won the NL MVP Award several years later with an historically outstanding 1.109 OPS while leading the league with 42 homers and 118 runs scored. Overall, as a National, he had a .900 OPS. Pretty good. He was also productive in the postseason, posting an .801 OPS across 19 games, mostly against playoff teams’ best starters and best relievers. Furthermore, if the Nats had Harper this year, he would have been in right field in lieu of Adam Eaton. Harper out OPS’d Eaton by 90 points and posted 2.5 more WAR in a similar amount of playing time. The Nationals would have been even better if they had Harper this year.

The Nationals lost all four Division Series they appeared in during the Harper era. 3-2 to the Cardinals in 2012, 3-1 to the Giants in ’14, 3-2 to the Dodgers in ’16, and 3-2 to the Cubs in ’17. They finally get over the hump the first year they’re without Harper, that’s the difference, right? I saw the phrase “addition by subtraction” repeatedly last night, referring to Harper and the Nats’ subsequent success without him.

Harper, though, didn’t fork over four runs to the Cardinals in the top of the ninth inning in Game 5 in 2012. He didn’t allow the Dodgers to rally for four runs in the seventh inning of Game 5 in ’16 before ultimately losing 4-3. He didn’t use a gassed Max Scherzer in relief in 2017’s Game 5, when he allowed five of the seven Cubs he faced to reach base, leading to three runs which loomed large in a 9-8 loss. If certain rolls of the dice in those years had gone the Nationals’ way, they would have appeared in the NLCS. They might’ve even been able to win a World Series.

The Nationals saw how that looks this year. It was the opposing manager this time, Dave Roberts, who mismanaged his bullpen. Howie Kendrick then hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the 10th inning off of Joe Kelly to win the NLDS for the Nats. The playoffs are random. Sometimes a ball bounces your way, sometimes an umpire’s call goes your way, and sometimes the opposing manager makes several unforced errors to throw Game 5 in your lap.

Reaching the World Series, then thumbing your nose while sticking out your tongue at Harper feels like a guy tagging his ex-girlfriend on his new wedding photos. It’s time to move on.