His slugging percentage (.471) is the second lowest of his career, ahead of only last season (.423) when he struggled mightily after returning mid-season following an Achilles tendon rupture. With his average up but slugging percentage down that means one thing - his power is lacking.
Ryan Howard, simply, is not driving the ball out of the park. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury might have found the reason for The Big Piece's power outage - his knee is still bothering him,
“Yeah, I’m in pain every day,” Ryan Howard said.
“Some days are better than others. Sometimes when the adrenaline kicks in during the game it goes away, but when the adrenaline wears off …”
“I like to keep things private,” he said. “I try to go out there and give whatever I’ve got.”
I miss the Howard home runs and how he was a threat every time he stepped to the plate. Those days appear to be in the past but he can still be a formidable hitter. One of the most pleasantly surprising stats about Howard is that he is hitting .305/.382/.424 with one home run and 30 of his 37 RBI with runners in scoring position.
Hopefully, the 33 year old former MVP can get healthy enough to regain his old form or else he, along with his albatross contract, will be the lightning rod for this struggling Phillies team.
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