WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — As the Washington Nationals attempt to extend their NL East divisional lead heading into the home stretch, manager Matt Williams has taken it upon himself to beat back the media wolves, with regard to a struggling Bryce Harper.
After going 1-for-3 with one strikeout in the Nationals 7-1 victory over the Mets last night, Harper now has 21 hits, 35 strikeouts and 2 home runs in 98 at-bats (30 games) since his June 30 return from an injured thumb. That equates to a .214/.319/.306/.625 slash line.
Hours before Wednesday’s game, Williams was asked about the possibility of sending his slumping slugger down to the minor leagues fora week to get his head on straight and find his swing again.
It was an honest question, wondering if a very common practice, often utilized to reinvigorate struggling young hitters, would be utilized in this instance.