From RotoBaller before today's game:
Bryce Harper (OF, WSH): 45% contact rate last seven days (-22%)
(Harper) struck out 10 times in 23 PA, but still hit .290 with a .964 OPS ..Harper's .220 AVG has been a source of frustration all season for fantasy owners. While it's easy to blame the shift, or blame bad luck, the dirty little secret is that Harper can't make contact this season. His 68.8% contact rate is sixth lowest among qualified hitters this season. In other, more damning words, his contact rate is lower than Chris Davis' contact rate. Harper has been downright putrid against breaking balls this season, hitting .153 with a 43.1% whiff rate. Who knows whether this is contact year jitters, pressing because of the team's place in the standings, or Harper's timing being early. What we do know is that Harper inability to hit breaking balls (and offspeed pitches, to a less extent) have been as much a contributing factor to his struggles as the shift or a low BABIP.