Bryce Harper’s start to the 2016 season had many questioning if he was getting ready to repeat his MVP campaign from a year ago. But those thoughts have long since subsided, as Harper has been held hitless in 25 of his past 52 games and is looking up at the league with a .252 batting average in 71 games. Last year, Harper hit .542 when ahead in the count, the highest mark for a full season since the dataset become available in 2009. A key difference between this year and last isn’t how Harper has been pitched or what he has swung at, but simply what he has done when he has made contact. Unfortunately for Harper, the problem seems to be getting worse. From May 1 through Friday, Harper is batting .154 when ahead in the count.
Failing when ahead in the count a source of Bryce Harper's struggles
ESPN | Jun 25