Latest Update Ryan Howard went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI but it was not enough as the Phillies were edged 6-5 by the Mets on Sunday. Sun Aug, 31, 04:33 PM
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.
The home run was Howard's 20th of the season. He isn't really relevant in mixed leagues at this point, though he could be if the Phillies can trade him to an American League team in the offseason. Analyst: Steve Pimental
Howard has been seeing a lot more regular work lately and while the production isn't always consistent, he manages to find a way to contribute. Over the last seven games, he's got one home run, seven RBI and six runs scored. He's mixed in a couple of hitless games in there and is still only batting .225 on the year, but the 19 home runs and 84 RBI are probably a lot more than many expected from him in the first place.Analyst: Howard Bender
Howard will sit as the Cubs start left hander Travis Wood. Howard is hitting just .220 against lefties this season and is the reason he is sitting today.Analyst: Jonathan Impemba
For a guy who was told he was going to be in a platoon the rest of the way, Howard has still been seeign an awful lot of playing time. Do the Phillies not face lefties or did someone's manager realize that even as a shell of the man he once was, Howard was still better than Darin Ruf? Howard still hasn't hit a home run in 13 games and has just two for the month of August, but these two RBI give him 16 in August with nine days left.Analyst: Howard Bender