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50 minutes ago, thecomebackkid907 said:

Nats couldn't trade Harper, not surprised about that, but they're clearly ready to depart with him. I think the fact they were shopping him is a big sign they don't expect him to re-sign and tried to get something in return. 

Rizzo said he will not trade harper and loves him, but there was an earlier report they would be open to trading him. Now they said they won't trade him, which means they are fine with him leaving as a FA and them getting nothing in return. Seems like terrible management to me. 

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53 minutes ago, richg24 said:

Rizzo said he will not trade harper and loves him, but there was an earlier report they would be open to trading him. Now they said they won't trade him, which means they are fine with him leaving as a FA and them getting nothing in return. Seems like terrible management to me. 

 

Well, this is the Nationals we are talking about.  They watched a bunch of other NL contenders get stronger while they sat with their thumb up their a**.  Typical choke team.

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From RotoBaller before today's game:

 

Bryce Harper (OF, WSH): 45% contact rate last seven days (-22%)

(Harper) struck out 10 times in 23 PA, but still hit .290 with a .964 OPS ..Harper's .220 AVG has been a source of frustration all season for fantasy owners. While it's easy to blame the shift, or blame bad luck, the dirty little secret is that Harper can't make contact this season. His 68.8% contact rate is sixth lowest among qualified hitters this season. In other, more damning words, his contact rate is lower than Chris Davis' contact rate. Harper has been downright putrid against breaking balls this season, hitting .153 with a 43.1% whiff rate. Who knows whether this is contact year jitters, pressing because of the team's place in the standings, or Harper's timing being early. What we do know is that Harper inability to hit breaking balls (and offspeed pitches, to a less extent) have been as much a contributing factor to his struggles as the shift or a low BABIP.

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4 minutes ago, MireLurker said:

From RotoBaller before today's game:

 

Bryce Harper (OF, WSH): 45% contact rate last seven days (-22%)

(Harper) struck out 10 times in 23 PA, but still hit .290 with a .964 OPS ..Harper's .220 AVG has been a source of frustration all season for fantasy owners. While it's easy to blame the shift, or blame bad luck, the dirty little secret is that Harper can't make contact this season. His 68.8% contact rate is sixth lowest among qualified hitters this season. In other, more damning words, his contact rate is lower than Chris Davis' contact rate. Harper has been downright putrid against breaking balls this season, hitting .153 with a 43.1% whiff rate. Who knows whether this is contact year jitters, pressing because of the team's place in the standings, or Harper's timing being early. What we do know is that Harper inability to hit breaking balls (and offspeed pitches, to a less extent) have been as much a contributing factor to his struggles as the shift or a low BABIP.

 

 

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53 minutes ago, yeah!magnets! said:

Is he ok? left with a leg injury did anyone see?

 

I did see it.  It was a slow, 82 MPH curve that got him right below or on the lower part of his knee.  Didn't look that bad at all  in my completely uninformed opinion.

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28 minutes ago, GC Tacos said:

Dude is raking and no one wants to say anything about him anymore. He may be one of the few guys that hits 15 HRs ROS

adding years and millions to his contract 

 

im thinking cubbies land him

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40 minutes ago, Fuzzy_Slippers said:

On pace for around 40 homers, 100 runs, 100 RBI, and 11 stolen bases. His hard% is up 8% from last season. He's had some bad luck, but he will end up with good numbers.

I'll take it with a .250BA if that's the case.

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