Here is a strategy to turn this season around.
Step 1: Get Harper healthy
Step 2: Get people in scoring position in front of him. This might mean moving him to 4 or 2nd in the order. 3rd seems to get him up to bat with no one on base a lot.
Seems obvious right? Here are the players who have more at bats with runners in scoring position than Harper:
Suzuki, Espinosa, Werth, Tyler Moore, Lombo, LaRoche, Span, Desmond, Zimmerman
That is everyone , in case you couldn’t tell.
Here are Harper’s stats this year with runners in scoring position.
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