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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Bryce Harper on his slump: “I’m trying to find some mellowness” - Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

Change or die.

Harper’s triple slash line — .258/.334/.425 — is still impressive for a rookie, let alone a 19-year-old. He has been forced to adjust to pitchers, who have developed a book on how to pitch him. His weakness: crafty left-handers such as Cliff Lee. He has had to calm himself down at the plate after periods of antsiness. One of his most impressive qualities has been the ability to quickly diagnose a situation and adapt his swing and himself accordingly. And now those abilities are being tested.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2012 at 08:37 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: August 02, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4198791)
Somebody here jinxed him. Back when he was flying high, they posted that Harper had the best (or among the best) age-19 OPS+s ever. I poked into Griffey's game log and noted that, in about the same number of PAs at the start of his age 19 season, Griffey had essentially identical numbers to Harper but he struggled in the second half. And now ...

BH 261/336/425, 105 OPS+
KG 264/329/420, 108 OPS+

Oh maybe I jinxed him. Sorry about that.

(I know, he's got to time to move ahead or fall behind Griffey who had 146 more PA than Harper does at the moment)
   2. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: August 02, 2012 at 11:29 AM (#4198862)
I am not concerned.
   3. BillWallace Posted: August 02, 2012 at 12:15 PM (#4198920)
If Harper has the career of Ken Griffey Jr. with worse defense but better hamstrings I think we'll be ok with that, no?

But I have to say all these black-white player comparisons... Griffey/Harper, Trout/Mays, are threatening the very foundation that our terrible state of sports journalism is founded upon. Be careful.
   4. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 02, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4198930)
Bryce Harper on his slump: “I’m trying to find some mellowness”


He needs to hang with Snoop Lion.
   5. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: August 02, 2012 at 12:37 PM (#4198941)
Wait. I thought he was in the HOF already.
   6. jingoist Posted: August 02, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4198969)
"That's a clown statement, dude"!
   7. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: August 02, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4199022)
If Harper has the career of Ken Griffey Jr. with worse defense but better hamstrings I think we'll be ok with that, no?


Yes, I think that's ok with me.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: August 02, 2012 at 06:28 PM (#4199225)
If Harper has the career of Ken Griffey Jr. with worse defense but better hamstrings I think we'll be ok with that, no?

I don't think you guys get the point. If he drops two more points, he'll be Edgar Renteria! If he drops five points he'll be ...

ED KRANEPOOL!!!!

It's clearly time to panic.
   9. shoewizard Posted: August 02, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4199272)
So is Wade Miley the frontrunner for NL ROY ?
   10. McCoy Posted: August 02, 2012 at 09:31 PM (#4199349)
Like a true champion Bryce has responded to this by going 0 for 4 today. He's now down to .258/332/.420
   11. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 02, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4199352)
Stop harshin' his mellow, dude.

Do the Nats play the Giants any more this season? Maybe Tim Lincecum could help Bryce out.
   12. McCoy Posted: August 02, 2012 at 09:37 PM (#4199356)
The Nats di get to face the Giants one more time this season and also get to face the Cubs and Astros again. Alas, there are no more games left against the Rockies.
   13. cardsfanboy Posted: August 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM (#4199362)
Somebody here jinxed him.


I blame the people that seemed to think he would not struggle. He's a youngster, any body builder will tell you, if you are under 23 years old(roughly) your body is very unstable on a day to day basis, it's very hard to maintain any type of consistency as your body builds much faster and affects your hand eye coordination on a daily basis. Trying to deal with the physical changes, the better scouting of the league, and the higher talent and stress that you deal with as a major leaguer, it's ridiculous to have thought for a second a 19 year old was not going to struggle. Those who said he wouldn't should get the blame for jinxing him.

   14. cardsfanboy Posted: August 02, 2012 at 09:54 PM (#4199374)
The Nats di get to face the Giants one more time this season and also get to face the Cubs and Astros again. Alas, there are no more games left against the Rockies.


I'm not sure you got the joke in post 11.
   15. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 02, 2012 at 10:03 PM (#4199380)
Well, Lincecum also could help Harper out strictly in baseball terms.
   16. McCoy Posted: August 02, 2012 at 10:08 PM (#4199386)
I'm not sure you got the joke in post 11.

I'm not sure you got my point in post 12.
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: August 02, 2012 at 10:12 PM (#4199393)
I'm not sure you got my point in post 12.


Not really, I assumed the point was crappy teams that he could pad his stats with.

Unless those teams also have notable pothead on it to help avoid harshing his mellow. (I guess the diamondbacks with Rex Hudler)
   18. Walt Davis Posted: August 03, 2012 at 01:12 AM (#4199479)
Rocky Mountain high dude!
   19. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: August 03, 2012 at 08:20 AM (#4199533)
Ehh, Harper's done. Norichika Aoki for Rookie of the Year!

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