Through 9 games, he’s 6-for-31 (.194 average) at the plate with zero homers, six RBI and seven strikeouts.
Nah. It’s probably that he’s 18 years old, and the kids he went to high school with graduated last month. By the 25-game mark, he’ll probably be up to .300 with half a dozen homers. Also, Harper is facing a lot of lefties. Interestingly enough, two of the best lefties in baseball are in the NL East (Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels). And Johan Santana of the Mets isn’t bad, either.