This past week was a marvelous week for Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper. In 20 at bats, the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player award winner had 11 hits, scored ten runs, had three home runs, seven runs batted in and a tremendous batting average of .550.
However even though Harper will not be in the lineup Monday night when the Nationals play in Colorado, fantasy owners should not worry. It is just a routine day off and Harper’s first of the season. Still, fantasy owners have the right to be upset with Nationals manager Dusty Baker. Why did the Nationals decide to give Harper rest when Washington is playing in one of the most hitter friendly baseball parks in Major League Baseball in Coors Field?
Harper, who is batting .400 on the season with seven home runs and 20 runs batted in, is not the only Nationals player red hot offensively at the moment. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is batting .387 with six home runs and 16 runs batted in.
Canadian baseball fans meanwhile have every reason to be upset with the Blue Jays, but not with Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who proudly represented Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Freeman, who is from Fountain Valley, California, was able to play for Canada because his late mother and father are Canadian. So far in 2017, Freeman is batting .381 with seven home runs.
The Milwaukee Brewers should be very ecstatic with the production so far this season from Eric Thames. The native of Santa Clara, California is batting .359 with eight home runs and 15 runs batted in. Blue Jays fans have every right to ask “what if?” What if they kept Thames, who would have looked great at first base rather than the completely inconsistent Justin Smoak and pitching ace Noah Syndergaard? I think 2017 would look significantly better for the Jays than it is right now.
Among those notables that went on the disabled list this past week were Arizona Diamondbacks’ starting pitcher Shelby Miller (elbow), Boston Red Sox utility player Brock Holt (vertigo), Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields, Detroit Tigers all-star first baseman Miguel Cabrera (groin), Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe (foot), Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (biceps), New York Mets first basemen Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores, Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Kendall Graveman (shoulder) Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (wrist), three Philadelphia Phillies (starting pitcher Aaron Nola-back, Clay Buchholz—arm, outfielder Howie Kendrick—oblique), San Diego Padres starting pitcher Jarred Cosart (hamstring), San Francisco Giants all-star pitcher Madison Bumgartner (shoulder) and two Toronto Blue Jays (shortstop Troy Tulowitzki—hamstring and J.A. Happ—elbow).