"It's very tough. Even if I do stay with Joseph more often, I still have to keep [Howard] sharp and give him an opportunity to hit to do something for us."Keep Howard sharp? He's about as sharp as a perfect circle. Howard is batting .150/.543 on the season. That's over 50 games and he's struckout in a third of his plate apperances (53 K in 162 PA). He's 36 years old and is coming off the worst month of his career (.101/.421 in May). The only thing Howard is going to do for "us" is make outs. On the flipside there's the 24 year old Tommy Joseph, batting .311/.903 in his first 19 MLB games. Things that make you go "Hmmm..."
~Pete Mackanin, Philadelphia Phillies Manager