Bryce Harper Triple Crown updates 9/15/15

This is our update on a post we did in early September.  Here is a fun exercise on the great offensive season Bryce Harper is having and talk about the history of the Triple Crown. The last NL Triple Crown winner was Joe “Ducky” Medwick 78 years ago for the St Louis Cardinals in 1937 had 31 HRs, 154 RBIs and a .374 BA. Could Bryce Harper join American Pharoah as a dual 2015 Triple Crown?

Here is Bryce Harper’s numbers:

  1. 39 HRs
  2. 90 RBIs
  3. .338 BA
  4. 18 games remaining

This is from last week:

Here is the BA leaders:

  1. Bryce Harper .338
  2. Dee Gordon .330
  3. Buster Posey .327
  4. Yunel Escobar .320
  5. Paul Goldschmidt .316

Here is the HR leaders:

  1. Bryce Harper 39
  2. Nolan Arenado 39
  3. Carlos Gonzalez 37

Here is the RBI leaders:

  1. Nolan Arenado 111
  2. Paul Goldschmidt 100
  3. Matt Kemp 94
  4. Andrew McCutcheon 93
  5. Kris Bryant 92
  6. Bryce Harper 90

While we’re at it, let’s do a non-Triple Crown stat of OPS:

  1. Bryce Harper 1.134
  2. Joey Votto 1.012
  3. Paul Goldschmidt .983

Let’s also do WAR (wins above replacements) for all of MLB:

  1. Bryce Harper 9.2
  2. Josh Donaldson 8.1
  3. Mike Trout 7.9
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 7.5

Our opinion is that Bryce looks like he can win the Batting Crown and for a few hours last night Bryce was in front by 1  HR in the Home Run Crown leaders until Arenado answered with a solo shot late in the night, but there would have to be an explosion of RBIs to leapfrog 5 players to win the RBI crown. Bryce would most likely have to hit 30-35 RBIs in 18 games to win the RBI crown as the winner of the NL RBI crown will be in the 120’s by our projection.

The MVP is a more likely crown for Bryce Harper as the SABR and more conventional stats all favor Harper with the exception of RBIs.

Here’s some other stats:

Runs Scored:

  1.  Bryce Harper 108
  2. AJ Pollock 97


  1. Bryce Harper .467
  2. Joey Votto .461

Just for some fun, look at this FanGraphs current statline as of 9/14/15 and the pre-season projections for Bryce (click on the chart to view larger):


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Have to share this Instagram again of how Bryce celebrated  his #34 HR like a kid in Little League would……with ice cream!


And a By The Way……

Bryce talks about his 2 HRs; however, starts the interview talking about Strasburg’s 1 hit shutout and his appreciation for his Manager Matt Williams.

Have fun with the math because Bryce Harper is having one of the best seasons in baseball history and you are witness to it.

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