Latest Update Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Wednesday Wed Jul, 23, 02:36 PM
A threat to crush the ball over the fence to all fields on every at-bat, he's an excellent and consistent run-producer who can carry his club for long stretches. Will take his share of walks.
Flaws: : Regularly challenges records for strikeouts and needs to make more contact and take even more walks. Can be streaky at the plate. Not a good fielder at first base and makes too many errors.
Playing the full 14 innings Tuesday night and a lefty on the hill for the Giants Wednesday are the reasons behind this anticipated move. Recently recalled Darin Ruf will handle the work at first base for Wednesday's game.Analyst: Howard Bender
The Braves are going with lefty Alex Wood on the hill Sunday which offers up a good chance for the Phillies to give Ryan Howard a day off. He'll take a seat in favor of John Mayberry.Analyst: Howard Bender
Say what you want about Howard's .228/.307/.395 slash line, but 15 home runs with 55 RBI is nothing to thumb your nose at, especially considering the price you paid for his services on draft day. Sure, the strikeouts stink, but if you're not in a league that penalizes for them, then your only concern is batting average, and that's not a big deal when you're getting more-than-solid production in three of the five main categories. You'll still probably want to try and upgrade your first base or corner position where you're using him, but it's hard to be disappointed with the first-half production.Analyst: Howard Bender
Howard is just 2-for-24 (.083) over his last seven games and will get the day off with the Pirates sending lefty Jeff Locke to the hill on Sunday. John Mayberry will get the nod at first base for the Phillies.Analyst: Howard Bender