Bryce Harper reacts after striking out
Aug 21, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3) reacts after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will be battling it out with Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies during a truncated 60-game 2020 MLB season.

If what we saw Saturday during their exhibition game, Harper and Co. will be more than up to the task.

Philadelphia nailed Cy Young winner Max Scherzer for seven runs in the first two innings. That included an absolutely mammoth homer from none other than Mr. Harper.

Check the trajectory of this thing as it lands in the right-center field bleachers. What an absolute shot.

Despite overall struggles from the plate last season, Harper still hit 35 homers in his first stint with Philadelphia.

The Phillies are going to need him to step up even more in 2020 if they are to dethrone Washington in the National League and compete with a game Atlanta Braves team within the NL East.

Vincent Frank
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