Million Dollar Question – What Is Matt Williams Doing With Bryce Harper??
The first week of the baseball season always brings a lot of afternoon games to the schedule. And that allows me the chance to listen to games on my MLB app during the day while doubling-up and watching games on TV at night.
When choosing a game to listen to, I either look for a stellar pitching match-up or for a game that features a dynamic player that can affect the game at the plate, on the base paths, or while playing defense.
One of those players in Bryce Harper, a ’30-YOC’ favorite!
And what Matt Williams and the Nationals are doing with Harper is driving me nuts. The constant back and forth, and up and down, of his position in the batting order is doing nothing for his ability to get consistent looks. Pitchers pitch differently to the guy batting 1st or 2nd versus the guy hitting 5th or 6th. And as a result, Harper is not hitting the ball the way that he can. He is being too aggressive and swinging at bad pitches.
Here is where Bryce has hit in the first four games of the season:
Game 1 – 5th, 1-for-4
Game 2 – 6th, 0-for-4
Game 3 – 2nd, 1-for-5
Game 4 – 6th, 1-for-4
Seriously, how would anybody do well in this situation? It reminds me of how the Marlins treated Cameron Maybin during his first year with the team (yes, I know is not as skilled as Harper). These young players need consistency. They need confidence builders. They need help from their managers. They need to be put into the best possible position to succeed and help their teams win. This constant shuffling is not the proper way to get a player infused into a team’s offense – if his role is changing on a daily basis, no consistency can be formed.
And I do not believe that this is the right approach. Not at all.
So that leads up to tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ - What Is Matt Williams Doing With Bryce Harper??
You know my stance. Now tell me what you think.