Bryce Harper's 10 Biggest Threats to the 2013 NL MVP Award

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Bryce Harper's 10 Biggest Threats to the 2013 NL MVP Award
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Bryce Harper certainly has MVP-caliber numbers through the first two weeks of the 2013 regular season, but the road to the MVP award is a difficult one.

Several players and personal pitfalls stand in the way of anybody capturing their respective league's MVP award, and Harper's case is no exception. That being said, his numbers thus far are spectacular.

He already has five home runs and 10 RBI through 13 games. That's essentially one-fifth of his 2012 home runs and one-sixth of his 2012 RBI—through just one-tenth of the number of games he played last season.

After doing some very rudimentary projections, that would give him near 45 home runs and 90 RBI should he keep the same trends up. The RBI total is a tad low, but those are MVP-caliber numbers for sure.

His batting line has been stellar as well. At .320/.382/.640, with a 1.022 OPS, it's clear that he's made improvements from his rookie season. The sky's the limit for Harper.

There are plenty of others who stand in the way of him capturing an MVP award, though. A divisional foe is proving that he'll be particularly hard to surpass, but that's why they play the games.

 

Note: All statistics as of the completion of games on Monday, April 15.

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