His last 19 games in South Philly leave something to be desired
Welcome back to Citzens Bank Park, Bryce Harper! You know, that place you used to own.
You have surely read about his .564 slugging percentage in the Phillies’ fairly new South Philly abode, the best of any player with at least 200 PA there. And 14 home runs in 50 games is nothing to sneeze at, we know.
But we would be remiss if we did not point out that much of Bryce’s success at CBP came in his first four-plus seasons, when he was going all Mike-Schmidt-at-Wrigley on the Phillies’ pitching staff there.
But if you look at just his last 19 games at Citizens Bank Park – dating back to Memorial Day of 2016 – his .162 batting average and the fact his OBA is higher than his SLG, you start to get visions of Terry Harmon instead of Mike Schmidt.
It’s probable that by that point, Phillies coaches and management had figured their yard was having trouble holding Bryce and started to be more selective (from 12 BB in 31 GP to 15 BB in 19 GP) and that maybe the young man – heck, he’s going to be young for a few more years yet – started to press here.
We have no doubt that playing at CBP every day for stretches on a time will get his South Philly Mojo back to where it was, but for now, these are the Bryce Harper at Citizens Bank Park numbers we have: