July 05, 2008

Agree or disagree ...

... the Phillies' Ryan Howard is absolutely BRUTAL defensively.

Discuss.

Posted by Hube at July 5, 2008 07:59 PM | TrackBack

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How this guy ever got the mvp with the number of strike outs is beyond me...especially with utley in the same lineup? barely above .200 to the all star break, 100 plus k's already...defensively, nothing to write home about...compare him to albert pujols...no comparsion....albert is the all around player...hits for power and to move runners by hitting behind runners in the holes, on base average with the number of walks, batting close to .350, and has a great glove at first...mvp again in 2008!

Posted by: cardinals fan at July 5, 2008 10:38 PM

I'm on a Phillies email list and someone suggested that the Phillies tell Howard his only job on defense is to cover balls hit between him and the foul line and to provide a big target for people to throw to. Makes sense to me.

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at July 5, 2008 11:37 PM

It may be worse than you think :
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/fielding
Howard has a 0.988 fielding percentage this year which ties him for last place among mlb first basemen. His 9 errors ties him for first. Last year he was fourth from the bottom in fielding and second in errors. His first full year he was third from the bottom and second in errors.
Offensively he isn't doing much better. When using sabermetrics he is ranked 24th among mlb first basemen down from 17th last year. An interesting stat thrown out during the broadcast last week stated that the lowest batting average in history for the RBI leader was 0.243. He has a way to go to reach that.

Posted by: Joe at July 6, 2008 06:22 AM

Makes the work done by Keith Hernandez in his time look even better.

Posted by: Mark at July 6, 2008 07:28 AM

Yeah but he can hit them out. I was there last night when he lasered a 3-run homer into left field seats. It was the Phils 1st hit of the game and tied the score.

His fielding will improve over time. And he will reduce his KO's too. Relax - you will see I am right.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at July 6, 2008 12:27 PM

1-6 with FOUR K's!!!!! the other night vs. Mets.

Posted by: cardinals fan at July 7, 2008 09:19 PM

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