When people think of Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, they think of a home run hitter and someone that can bring power. That has not been the case this season as his offense has been the opposite. Howard has been disappointing to watch.
He has an average of .267 with only 10 home runs. He has managed to hit 42 RBIs which places him second on the team, putting him behind Domonic Brown.
Howard has already struck out 93 times in 77 games played this season. Before yesterday’s game, the first baseman had a 0-for-22 hitless streak going on. It was finally broken last night in the sixth inning as he got an RBI single.
Howard has been struggling with a sore left knee. Manager Charlie Manuel has sat him on the bench for a couple games so his knee could get some rest.
From 2007-2011, Howard has hit over 30 home runs per season with well over 100 RBIs. He has won multiple NL Player of the Week awards during that time along with being an All-Star. He has also had the privilege of participating in the Home Run Derby and winning the contest in 2006.
He has been participating in extra batting practice to try and figure out what is going wrong with his swing. Hopefully it will be figured out soon as Howard is a big contributor to the lineup. It is never fun to watch a player struggle, especially someone as talented as Howard. He has a lot of pressure on him from everyone, including the fans. He just needs to try and clear his head.
Howard has struggled before and has been able to overcome it. He can certainly do it again.