Harper went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Padres. Harper took left-hander Eric Lauer deep in the fifth inning for his 15th home run of the season. He has now recorded a home run in consecutive games, marking the fifth time he has accomplished that this season. It's notable that his home run Tuesday came against a left-hander, as he had just a .321 slugging percentage across 53 at-bats when he did not have the platoon advantage entering the game.
Harper went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run and two RBI in Monday's win over the Padres. Teenage phenom Juan Soto homered on the first pitch of his first big-league start and mimicked Harper's hair flip when he got back to the dugout, so the man himself had little choice but to respond with a blast of his own. Harper's .231 batting average and .196 BABIP on the season remain far below his usual standards, but there's still plenty of time for them to improve, and his 14 home runs put him in the National League lead.
Harper went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks. The slugger started to come out of his slump during the four-game road series against Arizona, going 5-for-18 with two doubles and his 13th homer of the season. "Slump" is a relative term when it comes to players like Harper, of course -- he's hitting only .216 in May with a .259 OBP, but that comes with a .569 SLG thanks to five long balls in 12 games.
Harper is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres. Harper is hitless over his last 19 at-bats, so he'll head to the bench for his first breather of the season while Moises Sierra picks up a start in right field. Despite the slump, the 25-year-old is still hitting .230/.410/.541 with 12 homers and four stolen bases through 37 games this season. Look for him to rejoin the starting lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Diamondbacks.
Harper went 2-for-5 with two home run and three RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Phillies. He took Nick Pivetta yard in the first and second innings, the latter of which traveled an estimated 473 feet. Harper now has 12 home runs on the season, including four in his last four games, and the impending return of Anthony Rendon (toe) to the lineup could give manager Dave Martinez the excuse he needs to move Harper back to the heart of the order from his current leadoff spot.
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