Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Howard Still Wins Ball Games

Eight times last season a Phillie committed the dubious act of The Howard and the Phillies went on to win each one of those games. Same shit, different toilet; as Chase Utley performed the first Howard by a Phillie of the 2011 season in yesterday's victory over the Blue Jays.

The Howard- a feat accomplished when a player hits a homerun, strikes out, and commits an error all in the same game.

Only 1 of the 3 criteria is something positive that would aid in winning a ball game (HR). However, WSBGMs has uncovered irrefutable evidence to prove that when a Phillie commits The Howard in a game it will inevitably end with a W for the good guys. The same cannot be said for the remaining 29 teams' players that commit The Howard, as it seems it's only Karmic retribution for the Phightins.

2011 Howards by Phillies:
Chase Utley - July 2, Phils over Blue Birds 5-3.

2010 Howards by Phillies:
Ryan Howard - April 7, Phils over Gnats 8-4
Ryan Howard - April 28, Phils over Giants 7-6.
Jayson Werth - May 6, Phils over Braves 7-2.
Chase Utley - May 14, Phils over Brew Crew 9-5.
Jimmy Rollins - June 23, Phils over Indians 7-6.
Ryan Howard- July 9, Phils over Reds 9-7.
Ryan Howard- July 27, Phils over DBacks 9-5.
Ryan Howard- September 2, Phils over Rox 12-11.

The King of Howards:

The Howard co-winner in both the 2009 and 2010 upped his lead in the exclusive category with his 4th of the season. Congratulations Mark Reynolds. The young slugging, strikeout prone, erratic fielder has 13 Howards to his name since the creation of the stat prior to the 2009 season. 9 Howards were committed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the 4 most recent with the Baltimore Orioles. Mark Reynolds is truly The Howard King.

Mark Reynolds has clubbed 93 homeruns, whiffed 516 times, and got the ugly E on defense 61 times since the beginning of the 2009 season.