The Braves are winners of 13 straight, thanks to contributions from up and down the roster. From the bats to the bullpen, everyone is executing at the highest level, and now the club only trails the division-leading Mets by 5.0 games after being back 10.5 games a short time ago.
One of the biggest reasons for the Braves’ turnaround is Michael Harris II. Indirectly, the rookie has enabled Adam Duvall to move over to left field, which has resulted in the veteran outfielder exploding at the plate. Directly, Harris is providing elite defense, but his offense is beginning to pick up as well.
Harris went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Atlanta’s win over Washington on Tuesday. He hit the solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to put a cap on Atlanta’s lead and added an RBI double earlier in the game. This marks back-to-back games where the Georgia native has homered, and he is hitting .423 (11-for-26) with six RBIs over his last seven games. On the season, Harris is now slashing .317/.338/.540 with two home runs, nine RBIs, and two stolen bases over 63 at-bats. Moreover, he is completely outperforming projections.
Michael Harris II with a .2 fWAR game putting him at .9 for the season (17 games). Projections had him at 1-1.4 for a full season lol
— Gaurav (@gvedak) June 15, 2022
To make things even sweeter, Harris is killing it for his favorite team growing up. Siri, play “Put on” by Young Jeezy.
Harris has been instrumental in the Braves’ win streak, and if he continues to play like this, he’ll be a frontrunner in the NL Rookie of the Year race. Consider the fact that he’s doing all of this for his hometown team, and I don’t think Hollywood could have scripted it any better.
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