The Washington Nationals are winners of four of their last five ballgames. However, right fielder Bryce Harper continues to struggle at the plate. Harper has a .228 batting average and 46 strikeouts in 242 plate appearances.
Harper went 0-3 with two walks in the Nationals victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Memorial Day.
The five-time All-Star has gone a dreadful 3-20 in the last five games. Harper has bounced around in the Nationals’ batting order, hitting first, second and third this season.
Harper didn’t fare too well in the leadoff spot, hitting .184 in 38 at bats.
However, there are some positives to take away from Harper’s offensive funk. He leads the National League with 16 home runs and 46 walks. Harper has a .379 on-base percentage and 38 RBIs, which rank third in the National League.
This shows Harper’s ability to put up big numbers. The only problem is that Harper is not consisten at the plate so far this season.
This makes me bring up the question: How concerned should Nationals fans be with Harper’s offensive struggles?
I’m not too concerned with Harper’s performance at the plate since there is still a lot of baseball left in the season. Harper is still getting on base via walks, usually.
He also displays his power at the plate whenever he makes contact with the ball.
I think Harper can turn things around especially in the coming month. Harper has a .309 batting average in June over the past three seasons.
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