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Bryce Harper’s epic postseason is making MLB history

Written by Tony Ghaul

Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is putting on a show in the 2022 MLB postseason. Harper Is leaving baseball fans, especially Philadelphia Phillies supporters in awe, with the way he’s been hitting the ball in the postseason. His dominance at the plate has continued all the way into the 2022 World Series.

In the bottom of the first with two outs and leadoff hitter Kyle Schwarber on first base, Bryce Harper stepped up to the plate and on the first pitch that Astros pitcher Lance McCullers delivered, he repeated his flair for playoff power and ripped a two-run blast into the right field seats that set the Phillies fans into a frenzy.

Harper crossed the plate and again exclaimed “This is my house!” before he ripped off his helmet, exposed his Phillie Phanatic headband and was mobbed by teammates in the dugout.

The last swing Bryce Harper took in this stadium was that home run in the eighth inning against the Padres that gave the Phillies the lead and sent them to the World Series.

Harper is having one of the greatest postseasons of all time. If you look at the statistics, he has eight multi-hit games, which is the most in Phillies postseason history. These numbers go on and on. He has the fourth most multi-hit games in a single postseason all time. Harper is hitting .382 with six home runs, 13 RBI with an insane 1.232 OPS.

Phillies star Bryce Harper hits two run home run against the Astros in the first inning. Photo courtsey of Bill Streicher-USA Today Sports

Harper is the 7th player since the 2000 postseason to hit a HR on back-to-back pitches at home in the postseason. Chase Utley was the last Phillie to do it in the postseason, when he homered on back-to-back pitches at home in the 2009 World Series.

Bryce Harper’s two-run home run in the eighth inning put the Phillies ahead to stay in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday. Photo courtsey of Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

It was Harper’s sixth homer of the postseason, which is second in Phillies history only to Jayson Werth (2009). Rhys Hoskins (2022), Chase Utley (2009) and Lenny Dykstra (1993) also hit six. It was Harper’s fourth go-ahead homer of the postseason, which is tied for second in postseason history. He trails only Albert Pujols, who hit five in 2004.

Photo courtsey of USA Today Sports

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Tony Ghaul