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.