Bryce Harper stays hot with 21st HR of the year

Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

With the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle of a tight race in the NL East with the Braves and Mets, fans are hoping Bryce Harper can step up and power them over the top. The slugger really is living up to the hype.

On Thursday, Harper went up to the dish early on and blasted an oppo dinger against the Dodgers. It really was great to see.

Entering Thursday's tilt, the Phillies are in a dead lock with Atlanta for first place in the AL East standings. This battle, which also includes New York, will go down to the wire. In order for Philly to win the NL East, they'll need Harper to keep belting dingers.