Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 3/26/13
The Washington Nationals are expected to easily one of the best teams in the National League. They are expected to make the post season, some will have them going all the way to the World Series. For lack of a better phrase they are loaded for bear. They have the pitching, the hitting the defense, and a manager who knows how to get to the post season and the World series in Davy Johnson. They also have one other thing: Bryce Harper. Yes the same franchise who sat Stephen Strasberg down for the rest of the season because of innings limit, also have Bryce Harper. As a rookie harper hit 270. an om base percetage of 340 with 22 homeruns and 59 runs batted in. What will he do for an encore in his sophmore year? Can we expect more of the same of this hard hitting hard running, hard fielding shades of Pete Rose type of player? It will be interesting to see how much Harper improves in every phase of his game from his rookie season of a year ago. It will be interesting as well to see how the pitchers in the National league will make adjustments to Harper at the plate and how he will counter those adjustment. Now that teams have a book on Harper the question will be how will they pitch him and will they dare pitch around him with a line up that the Nationals have? It’s world series or bust for the Washington Nationals will Harper find the expectations harder to deal with this time as opposed to last season?
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