Some players would not be happy with the season. Others inexplicably would be happy.
Ryan Howard was asked about his season following yesterday's loss and didn't seem too upset with his outcome. "It’s not necessarily where I wanted it to be," Howard told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.. "But at the end of the day I’m happy with [the season]."
Howard cited the fact he was healthy all season as one reason to be happy and the expanded use of the shift in taking away hits as a reason his batting average was low. Both reasons cited are totally valid but saying "at the end of the day I’m happy with it" after the 89th loss of the year is not a good look.
Howard, 34, batted .223/.310/.380 with 23 home runs and 95 RBIs. Howard's .380 slugging percentage is the lowest, by far, of his career. He finished fifth out of the usual starting eight for the Phillies only out slugging Carlos Ruiz (.370), Ben Revere (.361) and Domonic Brown (.349).
The shift is certainly taking away hits from Howard which might be the difference between a .223 average and a .253 average but it does not really account for such a major drop in slugging percentage to where he was out-slugged by Cody Asche. Plus the shift has been around for years with Howard, is it too much to ask for him to make an adjustment to try to account for it?
The state of the aging Phillies core is to the point where some of them are happy that they made it through the season healthy.
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