Bryce Harper is sure making baseball loud again. The sluggingly handsome outfielder was tossed in last night’s game while vehemently and beardedly arguing balls and strikes. You may remember Harper for his other ejection this season, when he proved that those fast-twitch muscles of his are strictly for throwing baseballs, or perhaps one of his ejections last year, after which he ran on the field to celebrate a walk-off win, turned to the umpire and yelled, if my lip reading is correct, “Fun juice.”
Despite his loud and flowy complaints, Harper has plenty of reason to celebrate. First off, his Nationals lead the NL East by 13 games, he can still wear stirrup socks and he just helped clobber the Brewers, who have been one of the better teams in baseball this year, though they’re currently retreating back into the shadows of… Milwaukee.
The Nationals connected with eight (!) home runs in yesterday’s matchup, the first career start for Milwaukee’s Michael Blazek. This is an excellent sign for Washington, who hasn’t cooled off after the All-Star break. In a National League scene that all but requires that any team not playing in Los Angeles, Denver, or Phoenix win their division to make the playoffs, play like this is vital.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer recorded his 201st strikeout of the season, bringing his streak to six consecutive 200-strikeout seasons, the longest current streak in the majors according to the Associated Press.
As the Cubs continue to build their lead in the NL Central, the playoff scene is taking shape. Yeah, we’ve got three months left of baseball, but we keep ourselves entertained with speculation.
Bear with us.