Harper's catching fire before the biggest series of the season. Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- I'll be honest; I'm way more of an MLB Network guy over Baseball Tonight, but the words flowing from the mouth's of the ESPN crew tonight were worthy of being repeated.
Two highly respected retired baseball players were utterly blown away by Bryce Harper's game plan and swing adjustments at the plate. Pitcher's know they will pay if they don't keep the ball low and outside.
Barry Larkin: "No one is pitching him [inside] right now, and his approach is consistent with that. That, in my opinion is what's so impressive about a 19-year-old hitter in the big leagues."
Curt Schilling: "The only left-hander -- in my 20 years pitching in the big leagues -- that I ever saw get on top of a ball [like Harper] was Todd Helton. It's so hard for [lefties] to do."
Tim Kurkjian: "And as for his age, Davey Johnson told me last night 'I don't care if he's 12-years-old, if he can do that, he's playing.'"
Essentially in each of his five games, pitchers have been afraid to attack him. His two strikeouts in 16 at-bats have been cleverly orchestrated with almost exclusively off-speed stuff.
Isn't this great, guys?