Bryce Harper: 'I gotta be better, everybody knows that'

Bryce Harper on 94WIP

Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team
May 16, 2019 - 10:03 am
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Bryce Harper is struggling at the plate, but the Phillies are confident he'll get through this slump. 

Over his last three games at home against the Brewers, Harper is 1-10, striking out six times and walking twice. Over the last seven days, Harper is 3-23 with 12 strikeouts. And over the last 16 days, Harper is 8-50 with one homer, five RBI, and 21 strikeouts. 

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In fact, Harper is off to the worst hitting first quarter of a season in his career

"I went through this last year at the beginning of the year," Harper told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday, following a 1-4 performance in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday night. 

"Did I think I was going to go through it again right now? No I didn't. But in sports, thing happen, it's part of the journey, it's part of the life. Of course, I don't want to struggle. I don't want to go out there and go 0-4 and punch out two or three times. I mean that's not who I am, that's not how I want to be. I gotta get better, I gotta be better, and everybody knows that. I know that myself and when I walk off the field at night, the game is over. I gotta turn the page and get back to the next day and I think that's the beautiful thing about baseball."

The Phillies' second-year manager Gabe Kapler is not worried about Harper's slump. 

"It's a grind right now for Bryce, but there's nobody better equipped to handle this than Bryce Harper," Kapler said on Thursday's 94WIP Morning Show. "Even though he's gone through a struggle, he's still played his ass off on defense and he's given the highest level of effort and energy on the bases. He's going to produce a lot of wins for us with home runs, with walks, with doubles, with a higher batting average. It's just a matter of time before a talent like that and a character like that shows up, and begins to carry the club."

Harper has been incredible defensively this series, making four diving catches. However, Harper is hitting just .220 with 57 strikeouts through 42 games, and he knows he has to hit. 

"Big thing for me is that I gotta hit," Harper said. "I enjoy hitting, I enjoy going to the plate and doing those things. I mean, I just want to win ballgames man, with the Phillies on my chest and with the guys that we do have in our clubhouse. We have a special group, we have a special team, and I look forward to going out there and playing the game the right way every single day and trying to get the job done."

The Phillies finish up their four-game series against the Brewers on Thursday afternoon at 1:05pm on SportsRadio94WIP. 

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