5 Best Plays From Harrison Bader's Insane Week of Baseball

His teammate his the one vying for NL MVP, but Bader is owning the month of August.

August 17, 2018 - 10:22 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - In the month of August, Harrison Bader is third in the NL in batting average (.367) and fifth in OPS (1.051) among players with 44 or more at bats. In both categories, he's been better than the late addition to the NL MVP conversation, his St. Louis Cardinals teammate Matt Carpenter, which should say everything you need to know.

The 24-year-old rookie outfielder is making a name for himself and he has added more than a few highlights to his reel this week. With the injury to Dexter Fowler, Bader has started all of St. Louis' games in the month of August and is going to make manager Mike Shildt's job very, very difficult when Fowler returns in early September. 

Just this week, in which St. Louis was on an eight-game winning streak, Bader hit .455 with three home runs in 28 plate appearances. And he's been a heck of a defensive player all season long. According to Baseball Reference's Defensive Runs Saved statistic, Bader is the second-best defender in baseball.

Listen to Bader's highlights from this week in the video above and check out his best plays from the past week below:

1st home run at Busch Stadium

It took nearly 200 plate appearances, but Bader finally put one out in St. Louis on Thursday night. He's hit 11 career home runs on the road in 176 plate appearances, so it's good to finally see some power at home:

Takes home on wild pitch

Speed kills, especially when the player knows how to use it. The run gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead on Wednesday night and eventually won the game 4-2. It wasn't a game-winning run, but on the play the trailing runner moved up to third and scored on a Yadier Molina single:

Diving catch to rob Bryce Harper 

Nationally, we might call this a Superman catch, but in St. Louis we first think of Jim Edmonds. Bader is well on his way to the Gold Glove conversation with catches like these:

Bader throws out runner at plate:

You know what goes great with a diving catch? 

Throwing a strike to the plate. Which he did to Lucas Duda in Kansas City:

 

Bader homers in back-to-back games in KC

August 10th and 11th was the second time this season Bader went deep in back-to-back games (last time was May 29th and 30th.