Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Phillies off to one of the best starts in the 'modern era' of baseball


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Harper's triumphant return to Washington and a big Phillies win brings them close to best start ever

Don't look now, but the Phillies have quickly acquired a 4-0 record, which is a great start for them in the modern era, they last were 4-1 in 1905. The Phillies did start out 8-0 in 1915, a streak that may never be broken.

Maikel Franco is leading the MLB right now with a .545 BA , 6-11 with 3 HR and 8 RBI and the Phillies have only played 4 games. If Franco keeps up this pace, he'd have over 200 RBI's on the season!

The big story last night was Bryce Harper's return to Washington, the game was broadcast on MLB Network and the whole country got to see that the Washington Nationals fans are still sore about losing Harper because he was heartily booed in his old home. Phillies fans though were there in numbers, many of numbers, at times, Phillies fans out cheered the Nats fans in their own ballpark, and that's not too easy to do.

Bryce Harper is right behind Franco with a .429 BA on the season, 6-14 with 3 HR and 5 RBI. Not too bad for B Harp. In fact the Phillies offense is showing one of it's best showings in years, as the lineup is very solid and everyone has been pitching in and hitting at various times so far in the early season.

Harper of course spent his first 7 years as a big leaguer in Washington, he was a fan favorite and Washington was his home, but the Nats couldn't lock him up. Harper had 92 HR hit at Nationals Park before the start of last night's game, but he managed to hit his 1st HR as a member of the Phillies now there, so he has 93 total HR's at Nat's Park.

The Phillies smashed Nat's pitcher, Max Scherzer, for 7 H and 2 R before he was lifted. He's now 0-2 on the year with this loss. This is quite a different season in 2019, it's not so long ago when the Washington Nationals won 5 of the final 6 games against the Phillies just last season.

Today's game with be an afternoon matchup at 1:05 PM to finish up this quick two-game series, it will be Anibel Sanchez going up against Aaron Nola for the Phillies today down in DC. 

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