They say there are only two things that are certain in life and that is the ultimate reality of death and having to pay taxes. Well, I’m going to say there are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hitting the cover off of the ball anytime he faces the Miami Marlins.
Howard is like many baseball players in that he hits extraordinarily well against one particular team and in one particular park.
For the All-Star slugger, this team just happens to be a team Howard has the pleasure of facing 19 times each season.
Over the course of his career with the exception of last season, Howard is hitting .308 against the Marlins with 122 hits in 396 at-bats. At the Marlins’ home park, Howard’s average is .298.
More impressive, however, is the power that Howard has been able to generate when facing the Marlins. Over the course of 396 at-bats from 2004-11, Howard has hit 34 home runs and 29 doubles against Miami. That equates to a home run about every 11.6 at-bats, slightly better than his overall career mark of 13.6.
Howard became the youngest player to reach 200 home runs, doing so at Sun Life Stadium, and has also recorded several other significant career moments there as well.
Other than at Busch Stadium, the home park of the St. Louis native, Howard hits his best when at the home of the Marlins.
Considering how his 2013 has started, Howard can use any sort of boost possible. Luckily enough for him, this series against the Marlins could be just what he and the Phillies need to get their top slugger back on track.
In fact, he already has two doubles and a run scored against the Marlins this season and with 12 more games against this team before the MLB All Star break. If there is any time for Howard to find his swing and his power stroke, it would be now.