Don’t bury Ryan Howard yet

The last time the Dodgers saw Ryan Howard he was clearing the bases at Dodger Stadium against Kenley Jansen, after Dave Roberts decided to intentionally walk weak hitting infielder Freddy Galvis to pitch to Howard. It made sense at the time given that Howard was hitting only .183, but Howard had actually been on a roll that Roberts and his staff ignored.

On June 21st, Ryan Howard had an OPS of .531. That is as bad as you can have and still have a job in the major leagues. Yet, from June 22nd until that fateful at bat Ryan Howard was hitting a robust .291 / .329 /.609. Yes, his slug% was higher during that stretch than his previous OPS. Or in other words, Ryan Howard was hot, and he stayed even hotter delivering a base clearing double against one of the best relief pitchers in baseball. The Dodgers would go on to lose 6 – 2.

Ryan Howard has remained hot, collecting three hits in his next game and driving in five runs. For the season Howard still looks like a miserable hitter but take those cumulative stats with a grain of salt. Ryan Howard is on a hot streak, it might be the last hot streak of his career, but I wouldn’t want to be facing him right now.

The Phillies look primed to feed on a shaky rotation, the Dodgers better bring their bats to this series.



  1. 68elcamino427

    If the Dodgers can’t beat the Phillies

    They are not gonna go far in the wild card game.


  2. With the way the Giants are playing they may not need the wild card game. With the lead they have in the wild card game, they can setup Clayton to pitch it. Yeah, he’s going to dominate in Sept. and October.


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