FYI: Ryan Howard is Good

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, August 29, 2009 03:28 PM | Comments: 14
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Philadelphia Phillies- Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run in the third inning of the baseball game against the New York Mets at  Citi Field in New York, Monday, August 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)Maybe you’ve figured that out on your own?  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month of so, you know that Ryan Howard is hitting his stride at just the right moment.

When it heats up, so does Howard, and that trend has continued.  Just to throw some exciting stats at you, The Big Piece has launched 11 home runs and knocked in 34 runs over the last 30 days.  That’s the most RBI in baseball over that span.  His 11 jacks ranks just behind sluggers Carlos Pena and Prince Fielder.  Howard has also raked seven doubles.  Not a bad line.

On top of that, the average is rising.  In 2008, Howard had to come up with a .352 average in September just to get above .250 for the season.  This year, the results differ slightly.

It has been a relatively steady season for the most part, something none of us are accustomed to.  A .293 August has pumped Howard’s average to .272.  Not since his MVP season in 2006 have we seen the big guy swinging the stick with a keen eye.  While it’s impossible to expect Howard to hit over .300 again, it’s great to see the consistency once again.

On more than one occasion, Howard has put the entire squad on his broad shoulders, carrying them to a victory.  No one else on in the lineup has that sort of ability – to win multiple games by his lonesome.

Overall, a .272 average with 37 home runs and 111 RBI’s (as of August 29) is a fantastic year for most people.  Checking the calendar, there is still an entire month ahead.  Just another year for Ryan Howard; hitting his stride when it counts the most.

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  • Posts: 0 Kramer

    When it’s all said and done, Ryan Howard will be remembered as having the most prolific slugging first four seasons in MLB history.

  • Posts: 0 LoveMeSomeHowie

    The man is a machine! Since the beginning of the season, even pre-season with all his working out, he’s been well on his game both on the field and at the plate. I can’t wait to see what else he’ll bring over the next month!
    Oh, and I love how he’s digging in just that little bit more when he gets into his batting stance. It’s mesmerizing! ;-)

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Greatest 1st Baseman in Phillies history………..

  • Posts: 0 Terry

    Between the consistent bat and amazing defense, he very well could be the most improved player on the team. Tough to say about a guy who anchors a World Champion squad. If Pujols keeps slowing down, and Ryan keeps heating up, he stands a chance at winning another MVP. The homers and RBIs are up there as always, just imagine what his average would be like if everyone didn’t play the shift on him.

  • Posts: 0 Nationals#1

    hahaha, “the big piece”. love it

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I love Howard. He is a great guy on and off the field. Soft spoken, well educated. Just a terrific team guy. Yes, he does k at stupid pitches and we all want to kill him. You take the good and bad. He wins games by himself. Two against the Braves. He is a machine.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Ryan Howard! The accolades keep pouring in – I don’t know if I agree with the statement, “while it is impossible to expect Ryan will ever hit .300 again..” – Ryan Howard has shown the ability and determination to improve his game. His defense this year is testament to that statement.
    We cannot forget that Ryan too is blessed to have this group of players around him at this time. Rollins, Utley, Victorino in front of him, Werth, Ibanez and for a good part of the season Feliz (OK, shout out for Chooch) hitting behind him, allowing Howard to see more pitches this year than ever before.
    As fans, we are in the glory days all. Enjoy it, enjoy the ride! It will seem like it will last forever but could be gone all too quickly.
    The Phils are World Series champions and playing like they want the trophy again! Call it “Our Turn!”

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Three things about Ryan Howard:

    1. I think he will hit .300 again one day;
    2. He’s now just a passable first baseman. which is ok;
    3. And “The Big Piece” is an awful nickname.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Don’t like the name either -

  • Posts: 0 John's Jerseys

    How about Big brown?

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I know that “Big Brown” is sort of his nickname, but just like those UPS commercials, it reminds me of turds.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    2 years ago my daughter and I came up with “The Howitzer”.

  • Posts: 0 Duffie_D

    I don’t care if Ryne Sandberg’s nickname was Ryno, I think the name applies way better to Howard. Would you want to see a giant Rhino charging you? No. Would you want to see giant Ryan Howard charging you? I doubt it…

  • Posts: 0 Chris

    Ryan Howard is the man, he’s easily gonna have 500 home runs in be in the hall of fame. He’s really dominant right now and hope he brings that into the playoffs so we can scrape everybody even if not we will still scrape haha. Philly 4 life.

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