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Old 09-29-2017, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default Why the NL pennant might hinge on Bryce Harper's knee

As you see in the animation above, Stanton has power Josh Reynolds Womens Jersey to all fields. He has hit 22 homers (37.3 percent of his season total) to center, right-center or right field. Home runs Nos. 58 and 59 on Thursday night, however, were blasted to left center and left. His second homer, which seemed to disapparate, had an exit velocity of 118.7 mph, his highest on any home run this season, according to Statcast. It was the 10th time this season Stanton had multiple homers in a game, the most, according to ESPN Stats & Information, since Albert Pujols had 10 multihomer games in 2009. Only Hank Greenberg in 1938 and Sammy Sosa in 1998 had more multihomer games, 11 each. Cheapies? There have been a few, like his 46th of the season, a 346-footer -- his shortest of the season -- at Citizens Bank Park. But those wall-scrapers have been few and far between for Stanton in 2017. His most mammoth shot of the season was a 477-foot shot off the Braves' R.A. Dickey in Atlanta on Aug. 4, a month when Stanton hit 18. (More on that later.) He has hit 4.67 miles worth of home runs, which adds up to a lot of florid 75-foot sculptures in left-center field at Marlins Park -- when stacked end on end. The only other slugger within a literal mile of Stanton is Aaron Judge, who is a little less than 4,000 feet behind this season. If you fire up and plug in "august," here are some of the synonyms: grand, brilliant, glorious, impressive, majestic, magnificent -- and highfalutin'. Stanton's August was all of that, as he went on a majestic tear, hitting 18 that month -- driving in 29 on those HRs and 36 total -- in a 25-day span. From Aug. 4-29, Stanton Authentic Steven Nelson Womens Jersey hit a homer every 5.2 at-bats with an average exit velocity of 107.9 mph, totaling 7,556 feet off 16 different pitchers, including Dickey and Travis Wood twice each, Max Scherzer, Madison Bumgarner and Aaron Nola. Coincidentally, Stanton hit his "softest" homer of the season -- a 95.1 mph shot off the Giants' Ty Blach on Aug. 14 -- during this stretch. Stanton has hit his homers off a wide array of pitchers this season: 51. Of those 51, he homered off eight pitchers twice. He has hit homers off 15 opponents, with the most -- eight each -- against the Phillies, Mets and Braves, with six more coming against the Nationals and Padres. But the homer with the biggest win-probability swing? That came at home against the Mets on April 15 with two out and the game tied at 4 in the bottom of the eighth. Stanton crushed a belt-high, 3-2 fastball from Fernando Salas that left a vapor trail and crashed into the foliage above the center-field wall. Stanton's homer increased the Marlins' win probability .322. It held, as the Marlins won 5-4, thanks http://www.chiefsnflofficialprostore...SEY-CHEAP.html to Stanton's solo shot. Stanton has set off the sculpture at Marlins Park 31 times and has hit 28 homers in 11 other MLB parks, with Citi Field, Nationals Park and SunTrust Field as his favorite homes away from home, ripping four dingers apiece at each park. Stanton has hit a homer on every count -- with 1-1 being the most frequent, at 12 -- except one. He hasn't hit an 0-2 dinger this season. He also seems to have gotten stronger as the season has gone on: First half: 26 HR, 10,712 feet, a 412-foot average, with a 108.7 mph average exit velocity Second half: 33 HR, 13,963 feet, a 423-foot average, with a 109.8 average exit velocity That second-half exit velocity is a tick above his season total of 109.3 mph, which is 6 mph Authentic Marlins Womens Jersey faster than the major league average. He also outpaces the average distance (418 feet to 400), but his average launch angle of 25.9 degrees is a full 2 degrees less than the league average of 28.1. Stanton's homers don't leave much time for oohing and aahing, but they do leave -- and quickly. WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper has always been a fast starter. The question is: Can he start fast enough to help the Washington Nationals avoid another slow finish? When Harper suffered what looked to be a catastrophic knee injury on Aug. 12, the prevailing logic was that if the face of the franchise weren't able to return this season, the Nats would be in trouble come October. They'd be headed for yet another first-round playoff exit, their fourth in as many tries since moving to D.C. in 2005. However, if Harper were able to make it back in time for the postseason, well, that was another story. After all, his injury affected Washington like no other this season. Through all the dings and dents the Nationalsí lineup has sustained -- including Adam Eaton's season-ending knee injury, Trea Turner's broken wrist, Jayson Werth's broken foot, Michael Taylor's strained oblique -- the offense has kept right on chugging, a testament to just how stacked the Nats' attack is. But after Harper went down -- missing 42 games with a hyperextended left knee -- Washington's offensive output plummeted by 25 percent (from 5.4 runs per game to 4.1), a testament to just how valuable the former MVP really is. What's crazy is, despite the drastic drop-off in offense, the Nats still went 26-16 without Harper, a testament to just how good their pitching has been.
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