In MLB, playing in the postseason is much, much more difficult (and different) than the regular season.
The level of competition is just a tier above, pitching is tougher than ever, and the stakes are much higher.
Every mistake counts, and the pressure is unbelievable.
This is why most players perform better in the regular season than in the playoffs.
Only rare breeds can become stars when the lights are bright, and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder/first baseman Bryce Harper is definitely one of them.
In the regular season, the two-time MVP has a career .912 OPS.
In 190 playoff plate appearances, however, Harper has an incredibly impressive 1.044 OPS.
On Monday, he hit a home run against Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen to reach 15 in his postseason career.
10 of those 15 have come with a Phillies uniform, and he is closing in on a franchise record.
“Most homers in Phillies playoff history: 11 Jayson Werth, 10 Bryce Harper, 10 Chase Utley,” NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark tweeted.
Most homers in Phillies playoff history 💥💥
11 Jayson Werth
10 Bryce Harper
10 Chase Utley
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 17, 2023
Werth and Utley are postseason heroes in Philadelphia, so you can imagine what that makes Harper.
There is a very good chance that he not only catches the two franchise legends, but also surpasses them in the NL Championship Series alone.
With Harper healthy and producing, the Phillies are looking like the favorites to advance to their second straight World Series.
We are talking about one of the best, most talented playoff producers the league currently has, and he won’t stop until he delivers the Phillies their first Fall Classic since 2008.NEXT: Bryce Harper Joined A Special Group On His Birthday