Stat of the Day: Bryce enters rarified air

5:08 AM UTC is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Phillies this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Sept. 15: Phillies 6, Cubs 5 -- Harper's historic feat
Bryce Harper, who doubled in the fourth inning on Wednesday night, entered the game slashing .341/.474/.736 in 234 plate appearances following the All-Star break. His slugging percentage and 1.210 OPS lead baseball in the second half. Harper’s 1.210 OPS would be the third highest in franchise history following break (minimum 200 plate appearances) behind Ryan Howard (1.259) in 2006 and Mike Schmidt (1.214) in 1981. Since 2000, there have been only six players with an OPS in the second half as high as Harper’s 1.210 (min. 200 PA): Barry Bonds (4x, 2001-04), Howard (2006), Manny Ramirez (2000), Sammy Sosa (2001), Jim Thome (2002) and Christian Yelich (2018).

Sept. 14: Cubs 6, Phillies 3 -- Leadoff pop
Odúbel Herrera's leadoff home run was the 10th of the season for the Phillies, setting a new franchise record. The previous was nine in 2007, all by Jimmy Rollins. Of the 10 leadoff homers, four Phils players have hit at least one: Herrera (3), Andrew McCutchen (3), Jean Segura (3) and Freddy Galvis (1).

Sept. 12: Rockies 5, Phillies 4 -- Nola's K milestone
Aaron Nola struck out Ryan McMahon in the fifth inning for his 200th strikeout of the season. He is just the sixth pitcher in team history with three 200-plus strikeout seasons, joining Steve Carlton (seven), Jim Bunning (four), Grover Cleveland Alexander (four), Cliff Lee (three) and Cole Hamels (three). Alexander was the only other pitcher to accomplish the feat before his 29th birthday. Nola, Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole and Robbie Ray are the only pitchers with 200 strikeouts in each of the last three full seasons (2018-19, '21).

Sept. 11: Phillies 6, Rockies 1 -- Slow roller
The exit velocity of Odúbel Herrera’s two-run bunt double in the three-run fourth inning was just 36.4 mph. It was the first two-run bunt double in the Majors since the Brewers' Orlando Arcia poked one down the first-base line against the Pirates on Sept. 14, 2018.

Sept. 10: Rockies 11, Phillies 2 -- Harper hits heaters
Bryce Harper hit a 2-1 sinker to center field for a single in the first inning, then knocked a 2-2 four-seamer for an RBI single in the ninth. Harper entered the game having seen 1,615 fastballs (four-seam, two-seam, sinker, cutter) since the beginning of the 2020 season and posted a .727 slugging percentage against them, which was the best mark in the Majors. San Diego's Fernando Tatis Jr. was second with a .696 slugging percentage against fastballs.

Sept. 9: Rockies 4, Phillies 3 -- Harper hits his 30th
Bryce Harper hit his 30th homer of the season -- a solo shot to left field in the first inning -- making 2021 his fourth 30-homer season ('15, '18-19). He has hit at least 30 homers in each of the last three full seasons (excluding the shortened 2020 season). Entering play on Thursday, the only two players in the Majors with three 30-homer seasons since 2018 other than Harper are Max Muncy and Nelson Cruz.

Sept. 8: Brewers 4, Phillies 3 -- Harper stays hot
Bryce Harper hit a first-inning solo home run. It was his third homer in four games and his 29th homer of the season. Harper is batting .333 with 18 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs, 34 RBIs and a 1.178 OPS since the All-Star break, earning him some NL MVP consideration on a team trying to make the postseason for the first time since 2011.

Sept. 7: Brewers 10, Phillies 0 -- Strange, but true
Before the past two nights of Phillies-Brewers -- a 12-0 Phillies win, followed by a 10-0 Brewers win -- the last time teams traded double-digit shutouts in the same series was right here in this ballpark, according to Elias. The starting pitchers on the winning side were Dave Bush for the Brewers in the first game and Aaron Harang for the Reds in the second game.

April 22, 2006 - Brewers 11, Reds 0

April 23, 2006 - Reds 11, Brewers 0

Sept. 6: Phillies 12, Brewers 0 -- Phils pound 6
The Phillies hit six home runs. It was the third time this season they hit five or more homers in a game, which ties a franchise record. They had three five-homer games in the 2004 and 2006 seasons.

Sept. 5: Phillies 4, Marlins 3 (10 innings) -- Difficult destination
The Phillies avoided a sweep, but they haven't won a series in Miami since April 12-14, 2019. They are 3-7 in their last 10 road games against the Marlins.

Sept. 4: Marlins 3, Phillies 2 -- Divisional dud
The Phillies had won their last 11 straight games against NL East opponents before coming to Miami. They've now lost two straight.

Sept. 3: Marlins 10, Phillies 3 -- Stumbling in Miami
The Phillies are 11-19 at loanDepot park (formerly Marlins Park) since the beginning of the 2018 season. They are 2-3 there this season. They have not won consecutive games in a series in Miami since 2017. The Phils must win the next two games this weekend to break that streak.

Sept. 2: Phillies 7, Nationals 6 -- Phillies make comeback history
The Phillies' comeback victory over the Nationals was their seventh when trailing them by three or more runs this season. That set a modern-day baseball record, according to STATS. Six teams had six: the 1912 Red Sox (vs. the A's), the 1922 Giants (vs. the Cardinals), the 1930 Pirates (vs. the Cubs), the 1939 A's (vs. the Browns), the 1950 Tigers (vs. the A's) and the 2018 Nationals (vs. the Phillies).