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Monday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Bryce Harper hitting yet another homer, the Phillie Phanatic's birthday and Adam Wainwright panic.

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

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Bryce Harper picked up right where he left off, as the 23-year-old superstar has homered in four straight games already in this young 2016 season. The reigning National League MVP didn't see the Nationals win on Sunday, but it wasn't his doing given this shot to right center that gave him his sixth dinger of the year. Harper is now batting .359/.458/.897, which translates to a 250 OPS+ in the early going. Harper led the league with a 195 mark in 2015, and that was the second-greatest OPS+ of any 22-year-old in history, behind only Ted Williams' 1941 -- the one where he hit .406.

Now, expecting Harper to keep up at that pace is a little much, but it wouldn't exactly be surprising if he led the NL (and MLB as a whole) in homers and OPS+ and basically anything else you can think of. He's not the defender Mike Trout is, and that's part of what makes Trout special and keeps him number one in the game in the minds of basically everyone. Trout isn't the hitter Harper is, though, and it's what keeps the two of them on a clear level above everyone else in the game.

Before 2015, all we had was the belief that Harper would eventually break out and become the star he was projected to be. The 2015 season gave us a glimpse of what Harper looked like at his best. The 2016 season looks to have the goal of either confirming 2015 as Harper's level of play, or trumping it. Either way, it's going to be exciting to watch.