Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper homered twice on Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, tying Vladimir Guerrero with 14 multi-home run games in the first six seasons of his career, the most in Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise history.
Guerrero would finish his career with 449 home runs over the course of 16 major league seasons. Over the length of his career, he would average 34 home runs over 162 games, with Harper entering play on Friday averaging 31 home runs over a full season. Following his two blasts against Cincinnati, he has 143 for his career.
For Harper, it’s his fourth multi-home run game of the season, with two coming back in April. That month, he got off to a torrid start and batted .391 with nine home runs and walked more than he struck out. Coming into play against the Reds, his only two home runs in July came in a multi-home run game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Harper has returned to 2015 form during the 2017 year, replicating numbers that looked more like his MVP-winning self than the one that hit .243 in 2016. Still, he led all of baseball with 20 intentional walks last year, and leads the game with 11 this season. He has roughly 73 games remaining this year to pass Guerrero on the multi-home run list.
Harper set a career-high with 42 home runs during his MVP campaign in 2015. He has been both the National League Rookie of the Year (2012) and a five-time All-Star over his first six seasons, but he is nearing the second-most roundtrippers he has launched in a year and he is playing in just his 82nd game of 2017 on Friday.