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The Cubs walked Bryce Harper into the record books

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Monday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Bryce Harper's record weekend, baseball possum and the problem with firing Brad Ausmus.

Washington Nationals v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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The Cubs and Nationals played a four-game series over the weekend, and it did not go well for Washington. They began the series in first place in the NL East, 1.5 games up on the Mets, and finished the weekend half-a-game out. A large part of the problem was that Bryce Harper just didn't do much of anything during the series: He had just one hit over the four games, as well as a sac fly. This wasn't Harper's fault, though, as over the entirety of the series, the Nationals' star had just four at-bats despite playing in every game. Of the 19 plate appearances Harper amassed this weekend, he walked 13 times and didn't record a single at-bat over the last two games.

Those 13 walks are a record for the most ever in a four-game series. That's not the only record Harper came away with this weekend, either. On Sunday, he reached base seven times, with six walks and one hit by pitch. Those six walks tied a record, and reaching seven times made him the fourth player in history to do so. He's the first player in the last 100 years to make it on base seven times without recording an at-bat or a hit.

Records are fun and all, but these are mostly trivial: The Nats couldn't take a single game against the Cubs, who seem unstoppable at the moment, and you know that's what Harper and Co. care about on Monday morning. What we saw was that the Nationals' lineup is a lot more vulnerable when Harper isn't in it. That's an obvious statement, but it's also one other teams are sure to notice after the Cubs pointed it out repeatedly over the course of four games. The Nationals are talented, but they might need to make some changes to the lineup so that skipping Harper isn't such an easy decision for the rest of the league as it was for the Cubs.

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