Washington Nationals bold predictions revisited

4. Bryce Harper will finish top-five in the NL MVP voting.

Finally, one I totally nailed. I predicted a 30-home run, 100-RBI, .300 batting average season for Harper. He’s already reached the 30-home run mark with 31. His batting average is well above the .300 line at .331. The 100-RBI plateau could be a little difficult to reach over the final month of the season, as Harper currently has only 79, but that’s no fault of his own. There have been very sporadic opportunities for Harper to drive men in, as the top of the Washington lineup has struggled to reach base in the second half. Harper leads the National League in batting average, OBP, slugging percentage, OPS, and OPS+. Plate discipline has been the key for Harper who is showing real signs of maturing into the superstar everyone imagined he would be when he graced the cover of SI as a 16-year-old. Only Paul Goldschmidt, also having a historically great season, can keep Harper from claiming his first MVP award.

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