Very quietly Ryan Howard is steadily regressing back to the norm, which is a poor fielding, low average, strikeout prone slugger. He committed his 4th error of the season last night, and his 3rd in as many games. He's currently batting .256 with 19 homeruns and 81 strikeouts (pace- 50 HR/212 K). He's received so much praise for an improved effort at the plate and field, but I'm beginning to think that may have been premature wishful thinking. That stats don't lie.
Love 2 Hate:
Phillies fans love to hate whiny bawl baby pissy pants Scott Rolen and JD "Battery" Drew. Thing is, they love to hate us back. Rolen career against Phils- 35 gm, .331 avg, .852 OPS, 19 r, 11 dbl, 2 hr, 22 rbi. Drew career against Phils- 52 gm, .302 avg, .979 OPS, 33 r, 11 dbl, 3 trpl, 9 hr, 32 rbi. Maybe we should stop booing?
The bullpen is tired, really fricken tired. They've logged 31.1 innings over the past 6 games, and with Grand Pappy Moyer taking the hill for the Phils tonight their workload will certainly increase.