Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper off to worst start of career

Andrew Porter
May 15, 2019 - 8:32 am

It's only May 15th, so no one is panicking, but it may be time to at least worry about Bryce Harper. 

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Over his last two games at home against the Brewers, Harper has gone hitless in six at-bats, striking out five times and walking twice. Over the last seven days, Harper is 2-19 with 11 strikeouts. Over the last 15 days, Harper is 7-46 with one homer, five RBI, and 20 strikeouts. 

For the season, the 26-year-old first-year Phillie is hitting just .219/.370/.432 with seven home runs, 25 RBI, 10 doubles, 33 walks, and an MLB leading 56 strikeouts in 41 games. Harper is on pace to strikeout 221 times this season. 

This follows a 2018 campaign where Harper struck out 169 times, ninth most in baseball and hit just .249. 

Harper, of course, signed a mega 13-year deal worth $330 million with no-opt out clause this offseason with Philadelphia. The good news for Harper is, the Phillies (24-17) are in first place in the NL East by 3.5 games (and he has been making some nice catches).  

The bad news is, people (cough, cough) are starting to write and talk about his struggles at the dish.