By Larry GLicken

I REALIZE THAT MOST PEOPLE–PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE I KNOW–WOULD LIKE TO CARVE HIS BUST RIGHT NOW FOR COOPERSTOWN’S INDUCTION CEREMONIES BUT I’M NOT ONE OF THEM. I THINK HE’S OVER-RATED BY PEOPLE WHO (LIKE BRYCE) WOULD LIKE TO THINK OF HIM AS THE NEXT PETE ROSE—WITH MORE POWER. 3

HE ISN’T. HE ISN’T AS SMART—AT LEAST NOT YET. YEAH, HE RUNS INTO WALLS AND DIVES ON HIS FACE AND SAYS ALL THE  CROWD PLEASING “CHARLIE HUSTLE” THINGS BUT HE SURE AS HELL DOESN’T HIT WELL IN CLUTCH SITUATIONS—AS HIS UNDERWHELMING RBI TOTALS THIS YEAR (46 WITH ABOUT 30 GAMES TO GO) AND LAST (59 RBI’S)  ILLUSTRATE ALL TOO WELL.

AND HE ISN’T EVEN THAT GOOD WHEN THE BASES ARE EMPTY. SINCE THEY BOTH CAME UP AT ROUGHLY THE SAME TIME IT WAS ONCE FASHIONABLE TO COMPARE HARPER TO MIKE TROUT. BUT IT WAS CLEAR EARLY ON THAT MIKE WAS (AND CONTINUES TO BE) A SMARTER,  MORE HIGHLY SKILLED AND CLUTCH PLAYER ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL THAN BRYCE IS. BRYCE IS ONLY 20, SO THERE’S STILL HOPE THAT HE’LL LIVE UP TO HIS HYPE DOWN THE ROAD AND NOT WIND UP AS THE SECOND COMING OF TOM BRUNANSKY. BUT RIGHT NOW IT SEEMS CLEAR TO ME THAT HE ISN’T AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED—AT LEAST NOT AT THE PLATE…

 

BELOW YOU’LL SEE THE BREAKDOWN—NOT THAT ANY OF IT MATTERS MUCH TO HIS APOLOGISTS…

 

Clifford out…..

 

 

 

 

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

 Total

91

323

55

88

18

3

17

44

50

73

7

4

.272

.375

.505

.880

 
 

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

 Bases Empty

N/A

205

N/A

56

16

3

11

11

26

47

0

0

.273

.363

.541

.905

 Runners On

N/A

118

N/A

32

2

0

6

33

24

26

7

4

.271

.395

.441

.835

 RISP

N/A

61

N/A

15

1

0

4

29

19

15

3

2

.246

.424

.459

.883

 RISP w/2 Outs

N/A

24

N/A

5

1

0

0

9

10

6

1

0

.208

.457

.250

.707

 Bases Loaded

N/A

5

N/A

1

1

0

0

5

1

1

0

0

.200

.286

.400

.686

 
 

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

 None on/out

N/A

88

N/A

25

6

1

6

6

6

20

0

0

.284

.344

.580

.923

 None on:1/2 Out

N/A

117

N/A

31

10

2

5

5

20

27

0

0

.265

.377

.513

.890

 Men on, 2 outs

N/A

36

N/A

8

2

0

1

11

11

8

3

0

.222

.417

.361

.778

 Man on 3rd, < 2 outs

N/A

12

N/A

4

0

0

0

11

2

3

1

0

.333

.353

.333

.686

 
 

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

 Count 0-0

N/A

53

N/A

22

4

0

6

10

0

0

3

1

.415

.439

.830

1.269

 Count 0-1

N/A

19

N/A

3

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

1

.158

.200

.474

.674

 After (0-1)

N/A

140

N/A

28

7

2

3

18

24

48

2

1

.200

.319

.343

.662

 Count 0-2

N/A

25

N/A

2

1

0

0

1

0

13

1

0

.080

.080

.120

.200

 After (0-2)

N/A

55

N/A

7

1

1

1

4

2

29

2

0

.127

.155

.236

.392

 Count 1-0

N/A

22

N/A

12

2

1

3

5

0

0

1

0

.545

.545

1.136

1.682

 After (1-0)

N/A

130

N/A

38

7

1

8

16

26

25

2

2

.292

.411

.546

.958

 Count 1-1

N/A

30

N/A

6

2

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

.200

.200

.367

.567

 After (1-1)

N/A

141

N/A

34

8

1

4

21

25

41

1

1

.241

.353

.397

.750

 Count 1-2

N/A

47

N/A

9

0

0

2

7

0

24

0

0

.191

.191

.319

.511

 After (1-2)

N/A

96

N/A

20

5

1

2

12

16

43

2

0

.208

.319

.344

.662

 Count 2-0

N/A

7

N/A

4

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.571

.571

.857

1.429

 After (2-0)

N/A

33

N/A

10

3

0

1

1

23

3

0

1

.303

.596

.485

1.081

 Count 2-1

N/A

20

N/A

10

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

1

.500

.476

.800

1.276

 After (2-1)

N/A

63

N/A

18

2

1

3

9

17

16

0

2

.286

.432

.492

.924

 Count 2-2

N/A

56

N/A

8

1

0

0

5

0

24

2

1

.143

.140

.161

.301

 After (2-2)

N/A

81

N/A

18

6

1

1

9

21

33

2

1

.222

.379

.358

.737

 Count 3-0

N/A

0

N/A

0

0

0

0

0

9

0

0

0

N/A

1.000

N/A

N/A

 After (3-0)

N/A

8

N/A

1

0

0

0

0

17

1

0

0

.125

.731

.125

.856

 Count 3-1

N/A

10

N/A

2

0

0

1

2

16

0

0

0

.200

.692

.500

1.192

 After (3-1)

N/A

19

N/A

2

0

0

1

2

20

3

0

0

.105

.564

.263

.827

 Count 3-2

N/A

34

N/A

10

5

1

1

4

25

12

0

0

.294

.593

.588

1.181

 After (3-2)

N/A

34

N/A

10

5

1

1

4

25

12

0

0

.294

.593

.588

1.181

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