WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is having problems against left-handed pitching, entering play Saturday going 33-for-149 (.221) with four home runs and 14 RBIs vs. southpaws.
Manager Davey Johnson said he thought about resting Harper against lefties, but it hasn't entered Harper's mind to sit on the bench against southpaws. He will play against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee on Sunday.
Johnson said that opposing lefties are feeding Harper a steady diet of offspeed pitches outside the strike zone, and Harper keeps swinging at them.
"He gets impatient and he is his own worst enemy," Johnson said about Harper. "[Lefties] made adjustments challenging him with a little more offspeed stuff. His impatience is chasing stuff out of the zone. But that is part of maturing as a hitter. You have to make a adjustments in this level when they are attacking you. Sometimes, it's like an open book. You are too stubborn to read the book."