Washington Nationals 20-year-old phenom Bryce Harper was simply phenomenal in the first two games of the season. They got more of the same in a sweep over the Miami Marlins this afternoon as Harper went two for four with a run scored and one RBI.
Harper ate up Marlins pitching all series hitting .500 with two home runs while posting a .690 wOBA. He now has a hit in nine straight games against Miami though he never had a series against them last season like he did to open 2013.
The game was essentially over by the second inning, though Miami was able to get back one of the two runs scored by Washington in the first off a home run by center fielder Justin Ruggiano.
Washington’s pitching was masterful all series and Thursdays game was no exception. Jordan Zimmerman–despite walking two and giving up eight hits–only made one mistake on his way to his first victory in 2013.
For Miami, Wade LaBlanc was serviceable pitching five innings allowing only two earned runs with five strikeouts. Miami’s pitching was simply overmatched by the high-powered Nationals offense. The Marlins aren’t expected to make much noise in while the Nationals are a favorite to win the World Series in 2013 so you can make what you want out of today’s game and the series in general.
Regardless, the series belonged to Harper–as did today’s game as he anchored the middle of the lineup responsible for the majority of the damage done in today’s game. And no, I’m not jumping on the MVP bandwagon…just yet.