MVP? Booed in Philly? Predicting Bryce Harper's first year with Phillies
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The Bryce Harper Phillies era officially begins at 3:05 p.m. ET on Thursday with an Opening Day showdown against the Atlanta Braves. Before Harper takes the field in his new uniform for the first time, we asked five of our experts to predict how things will go during the $330 million man’s inaugural season in Philadelphia.
Over/under: Bryce Harper is a .279 career hitter. Are you taking over/under that number for 2019?
Bradford Doolittle: Under. Putting his career in a Citizens Bank Ballpark context adds only a couple of points to his batting average, and I suspect he’ll be more focused on the long ball in his first Philly season.
After signing a $330 million deal over the winter, Philadelphia’s new superstar takes the field in front of his new home crowd for the first time. Don’t miss Harper’s debut!
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Sam Miller: Over. Nothing fancy about my reasoning: I just think he’s better than his carer numbers. Easier to explain away the bad years than explain away the amazing ones.
Eddie Matz: With seven seasons of data on Harper, that .330 average from his MVP season