Said I the other day: “Baseball is basically statistics plus sweat.” And truth be told, sometimes the statistics are more interesting:
Bryce Harper’s bat is one of baseball’s most feared weapons, but on Thursday night at Nationals Park, the slugger’s lumber was just one more observer.
Harper put together a performance unlike any other in Major League history in the Nationals’ 15-1 win over the Braves, reaching base four times and scoring four runs, all without an official at-bat.
His final batting line — zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks — was truly unique. It’s the first time in modern history that a hitter has drawn at least four walks and scored four runs and driven in a run without a hit or an at-bat.
Nice lumber, slugger.
Then again, obviously Atlanta didn’t want to pitch to him:
On Thursday, the Braves didn’t throw him one to hit. Harper saw 20 pitches from three pitchers in his four at-bats, and the bat stayed put on his shoulder for all 20.
The Braves may take solace in the fact that those three pitchers in aggregate managed four actual strikes among those twenty pitches.