Latest Update Howard smacks 22nd homer Friday Sat Sep, 20, 06:54 AM
A threat to crush the ball over the fence to all fields with every at-bat, he's an excellent run-producer who can carry his club for long stretches. Will take his share of walks.
Flaws: : Regularly challenges records for strikeouts. Injuries have started his decline early. Can be too streaky at the plate. Isn't a good fielder at first base and makes too many errors.
Howard has had a season to forget at the age of 34, hitting just .223 with 22 home runs, although he is now just seven RBI away from reaching 100 RBI for the first time since 2011. Whether he hits that mark or not, Howard's season is his best since logging 33 home runs and 116 RBI three seasons ago. Analyst: Matthew Beck
A lefty on the mound for the Padres means a seat on the bench for Howard. Darin Ruff will handle the work at first base on Thursday.Analyst: Howard Bender
If you're so clueless that you didn't see this coming, then you're playing this game wrong. Howard sits against lefties. Darin Ruf will strike out....er...we mean....start at first base in his absence.Analyst: Howard Bender
We all know Howard tends to hit for a somewhat low average, but he is hitting a paltry .225 on the year. Howard has 21 long balls on the year, and could reach 100 RBIs by seasons end as he is currently sitting at 92. Analyst: Colby Conway