Bryce Harper looks like he's snapped out of his funk originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Bryce Harper looks like he's finally snapped out of a funk that lasted three weeks — which, in 2020 terms, is nearly 40% of the season.
Harper ended his home run drought at 83 plate appearances with an opposite-field blast off of Marlins right-hander Jose Ureña in his second plate appearance Saturday.
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Harper also doubled, singled and walked twice to reach base in each of his first five plate appearances in the Phillies' 12-6 win.
The Phils are 23-20. They trail the Braves by 2½ games in the NL East and lead the Marlins by 1½ games for second place. They are 2-2 so far in their seven-game series against the Marlins.
It looks like the good swings Harper had late Friday carried over. He doubled sharply down the right-field line in his final plate appearance of the doubleheader. In the first game, he drilled a ball 373 feet that died on the warning track.
It was a good sign Saturday to see Harper lay off pitches just off of the plate starting his first time up. He had a couple of ugly swings at pitches out of the zone earlier in this Marlins series. Earlier in the day, first-year Phillies hitting coach Joe Dillon broke down what he's seen from Harper lately.
The 83 plate appearances without a home run was Harper's longest drought since 2014, his worst big-league season, when he went 102 straight.
With 17 regular-season games to play after Saturday, there is still plenty of time for Harper to end his season on a high note.
Despite the difficulty of his last few weeks, Harper is still hitting .265/.428/.508. He has a higher OPS (.929) than Charlie Blackmon, J.T. Realmuto, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts. He's only a few points below Trevor Story and Paul Goldschmidt.
In totality, it has been a very good season for Harper.