Gabe Kapler Moves Bryce Harper UP in the Batting Order

Bryce Harper in a slump
Photo credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Harper is in a slump.

He has three hits in his last seven games and is lumbering through May with a .626 OPS, down from .802 in in April. He’s making defensive plays and drawing walks, but he’s not hitting the baseball, which reminds me of bad experiences I’ve had in the cages at the Burholme Family Fun Center.

Harper has been hitting third this season but today Gabe Kapler is bumping him up in the order, moving Jean Segura down to the third in the series finale against Milwaukee:

As if struggling at the plate isn’t bad enough, Harper had to talk to Angelo Cataldi today, and he said this on Sports Radio 94 WIP, after the jump:

“There’s time’s where you’re gonna go through it. I went through this last year at the beginning of the year. Did I think I was going to go through it again right now? No I didn’t. But in sports, thing happen, it’s part of the journey, it’s part of the life. And of course I don’t want to struggle. I don’t want to go out there and go 0-4 and punch out two or three times. I mean, that’s not who I am and that’s not how I want to be. I gotta get better, I gotta be better, and everybody knows that. I know that myself and when I walk off the field at night, the game’s over. I gotta turn the page and get back to the next day and I think that’s the beautiful thing of baseball, we play every single night. I love going out there and being out there for my guys and my team. I’ve got to do it on both sides of the ball.”

Full audio here:


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  • Reginald Haynes May 16, 2019 at 11:24 am

    That’s who Harper is,a 250 hitter that will hit 30 homers,Philly get use to it! There’s more slumps to come.🙏

    • Are there any Mexicans in lineup today ? May 16, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      Perhaps Kinkead could use the CB Twitter account to express his racist and hateful thoughts on minorities? Heck, got him fired at a local station but Kyle wouldn’t mid so long as there were clicks involved.

      • Jeepers Creeper May 16, 2019 at 12:23 pm

        If you really were a social justice warrior you’d use your real name. Give it up, no one cares. This is a sports blog.

        • pot kettle black May 16, 2019 at 12:39 pm

          You are incorrect. We care because Kinkhead (used to, hasn’t since this has been found out) would lecture us trolls about being racists spewing off on here.

          • Are you 12? May 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm

            Or 11?


          • little timmy gudel May 17, 2019 at 5:32 am

            I’m 11!

  • FUCK CATALDI May 16, 2019 at 11:24 am


  • John Brennan May 16, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I’m going to jail, it was James Comey’s fault!

  • James Comey May 16, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I’m going to jail, it was John Brennan’s fault!

  • Barrack Hussein Obama May 16, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Uh oh, I’m pretending that I didn’t know about any of this!

  • Dwayne from swedesboro May 16, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Anything on the Mike Missanelli Open?

  • Jim adair May 16, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    R.I.P. Rick Flair.
    He was 73

    • Dan May 16, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Who’s Rick Flair? I know of a Ric Flair, who’s very much alive. But why should we care about Rick Flair?

  • Joe Dehammera May 16, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    It’s just a fact. Bryce Harper has been a really, really, really, really big disappointment.

    He just has been.

  • ... May 16, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Bat him 9th. He’ll be at the bottom of the order, but he’ll still see good pitches because the pitcher won’t be behind him.

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