Harper’s historic 75 year stats
May 19, 2015 3:05 AM
by Alan Berg
Describing the past 11 games for Las Vegas’ own Bryce Harper can’t even be as simple as he’s on fire. Nope, it’s time for molten lava status.
According to ESPN Stats and Information group, Harper’s 11-game run is the best in the 75 years of baseball (along with Colorado’s Larry Walker in 1997). That’s a whole lot of games.
How good has Harper been? The Nationals outfielder is hitting .564 (22-for-39) with 22 RBIs. He is averaging 2 RBIs a game in 11 games!
It’s funny because all I was hearing about in the offseason was how overrated Harper was; crazy considering people were saying that and he’s 22 years old. Sometimes what we see on SportsCenter (an awful show by the way) isn’t really the full story. I believe Harper will continue to have an amazing season and cruise away with the NL MVP.
My personal full season baseball leagues have been a mixed bag, I keep gaining ground in the big money rotisserie league I am in but then move right back to where I was the following week. The struggle is real.
In my other league, I am coming up from the cellar with a vengeance, 14-6 in the last two weeks after a horrible start. Credit the change to some pickups and players coming back from injury.
Out on the season long waiver wire, keep an eye on – White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon, Diamondbacks 3B Jake Lamb (coming off DL soon) and possible promotion from Triple-A of the Astros shortstop Carlos Correa. Players that could fill some much needed spots to keep you at the top of your standings or climbing back up.
So with that, back to the daily leagues; you should know my captain already (salaries are from DraftKings.com).
Bryce Harper, WAS ($5,700): Just ride the guy while he is hot, it’s that simple. He’s averaging 12.2 fantasy points a game on DraftKings. Projection: 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs.
Diamonds in the Rough
Carlos Rodon, CWS ($6,400): It’s tough to find bargains in the pitching department, but Rodon has some good stuff, he’s just very green. Look for him to have a better start against the Indians this week. If you haven’t seen the slider yet, please do. Projection: W, 8K, 2ER.
Brad Miller, Sea ($3,600): Miller has been crushing the baseball lately (4HR in 5 games). Even if Miller can’t go yard again in Baltimore (3rd easiest park to hit a home run in 2015), Miller should be able to benefit from Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz hitting after him. Projection: 3-4, HR, RBI, 2R.
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Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Follow him on Twitter: @vegasberserker Contact him at ABerg@GamingToday.com.