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Bryce Harper out of Nationals starting lineup Sunday, admits that he is feeling “pretty lost”

Apr 6, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT

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Bryce Harper went 0-for-4 in Saturday night’s 6-2 loss to the Braves and acknowledged to CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman after the game that he’s feeling “pretty lost right now, actually.”

Harper, who’s batting just .143 with a .325 OPS through 22 plate appearances this season, is not in the lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series-finale with the Braves. Here’s the batting order, via James Wagner of the Washington Post:

3B Anthony Rendon
LF Kevin Frandsen
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Nate McLouth
C Sandy Leon
SP Taylor Jordan

Harper batted .344/.430/.720 in 107 plate appearances last April.

  1. jeffbbf - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Trying too hard to dispel that “overrated” tag. Just relax and play ball. Others are doing worse.

    • cbradley42014 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      completly agree. but cant wait too long to get going otherwise repeat of last year.

  2. historiophiliac - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    He just needs some giraffe time. Git legit!

  3. raysfan1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Maybe getting hit in the head a few days ago affected him more than he or the Nats want to let on.

    • emdash01 - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      He hit .239/.340/.391 with 2 home runs in spring training, so I doubt that was a factor. He just hasn’t looked like he has his timing down all year, pretty consistently.

    • trollingforjustice - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      I was thinking the same thing..certainly out of character for him to say that after just a few games into the season. concussion symptoms sometimes don’t show up right away

    • Big Ant TV - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      yess that head injury screwed him up

    • cbradley42014 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      nah he wasnt hitting even before that.

  4. greymares - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    I guess Boras is right, he’s not signing for Trout money

    • cbradley42014 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      so what he didnt get trout money he is still very young i”d still take bharp over trout.

  5. schmedley69 - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    He threw a temper tantrum (threw his bat and helmet) in the dugout after striking out last night.

  6. thepittsburghkid - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    He’s a man child and I love how he plays the game, but he’s overrated. The comparisons of him and Trout are nowhere to be heard of now, it’s obvious who’s the better talent.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Career numbers between Trout and Harper to this point…

      Career batting average

      Trout .315
      Harper .269

      On base percentage

      Trout .405%
      Harper .350

      Slugging %

      Trout .548%
      Harper .473%

      OPS

      Trout .953%
      Harper .823%

      Harper has also struck out at the plate 36 MORE times than Trout in 312 FEWER at bats over their careers to this point.

      There has only been a comparison based on potential… On the FIELD, there has never been a comparison between these two…

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        al kaline was in the outfield at yankee stadium in the early part of his and mantle’s career when a yankee fan yelled to him “you aren’t half as good as mickey mantle”. kaline shut him up by yelling back “hell, nobody’s half as good as mickey mantle”.

        harper might need to find his own way of doing the same thing.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Well said… and thanks as I didn’t know that about Kaline and Mantle.

      • rcj22001 - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        Kaline also turned down a $100,000 contract offer from the Tigers, explaining “no ball player is worth that much money.”

    • bigguy54 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Emphasis on child. He has a lot of growing up to do, then maybe he can be an above avg MLB player. Trout on the other hand seems to be mature and well spoken. I am an M’s fan, and hate seeing Trout as much as we do, but love watching him play. Harper on the other hand is one you watch to see meltdown, and do/say something stupid.

    • cbradley42014 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      it sure is bryce harper is better at every phase. he does things that dont show up in a boxscore trout may have better batting numbers but thats it bryce is a winner and you know it you just wont admit it.

  7. renaado - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Harper’s trying to do too much from what I can say, He needs to find his composure out there and just try to relax, yes he do play the game with passion like I can compare to a player I know playing right now in the Majors but playing the game with passion along with recklessness that can result into injuries? Let’s no go with that.

  8. charlutes - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Where are u Calca??? Lol I know it’s way too early but I’m harvesting the wheat that will one day be the bread of your crow sandwich.

  9. kappy32 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    The guy will be just fine, trust me. I’m a big Mets fan & hate the idea of having to watch Harper 18-19 games per year for the next decade-plus, but he is one talented dude. He is just a little off with his timing. He has many moving parts when he swings & right now his hands aren’t getting back at the right time; his hands are moving back a little late. It is obvious if you watch tape of him from last year when he was hot & compare it to now (which I did). Hopefully he will take today & spend his free time watching some tape & working with his hitting coach. When you’re a young player who is struggling, a day off isn’t a day to just lounge around & watch your teammates play. It is a day to work on what you are doing wrong. When you’re a proven veteran, then you can take an off day to just chill. Harper has all the tools to be great. The only thing that will stop him from realizing his potential is if he doesn’t work for it. Taking today’s day off to diligently work on what is wrong will be a good sign that he works hard & wants to be great.

  10. mpzz - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Trout started off lousy last year and look what he ended up with. Slumps are a part of baseball. But Harper’s head is going to get in his way unlike Trout’s.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      mpzz

      great point and true.

      For Trout, he DID start off slowly last season. But the gulf between Trout and Harper is wide.

      Here is Trout’s slash line for April of last season, 2013.

      .261/.333/.432

      Here is Harper’s career to date slash line…

      .269/.350/.473

      But that was a terrible month for Trout. Here is Trout’s career to date slash line…

      .315/.405/.548

      It’s something when a bad start for Trout still see’s his slash line in the neighborhood of others career slash lines…

      Harper is a great player though, I don’t have anything bad to say about the kid, wish he was on the team I root for.

      But Trout’s beginning to his career is UNREAL… we’re lucky to be seeing it…

      • cbradley42014 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        why does everyone compare harper with trout they are two separate individuals both are good at what they do there is absolutley no need for it.

  11. zdravit - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    And he thought he’s seen the last of AAA…

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      He hasn’t, I’m sure he’ll probably have some rehab games in AAA.

  12. snickersdecat - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    I can see it now…. Rizzo is clearing a space on the shelf for Harper right now.

  13. doctornature - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Harper is just wound too tight. Trout plays with a smile and has fun. Harper himself has said he wants to be the best player who ever lived. It’s that self-imposed pressure that is locking him up. If he won’t relax and have fun, he will mentally burn himself out and struggle his whole career. The expectations he has shouldered since he was 15 are getting to him,

    Chill out and have fun, Harp. Smile. See ball. Hit ball. The rest takes care of itself.

  14. davemvh - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    hmm,maybe hes “lost” because he cant decide what race he is?Recently on the MTV MLB show,wearing a rastafarian head bonnet for christs sake.WAKE UP,IDIOT,you are WHITE, AND a hillbilly! stop trying to be black,you are the farthest thing from it.GROW THE HELL UP!

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