Ryan Howard is a key piece to The Philadelphia Phillies. They depend on him mostly for his hitting ability. The only problem is Howard has a hard time with left-handed pitchers. It seems that this spring, one of Howard’s goals is to get out the funk. Will he be able to do it?
Howard is on the right track. The Phillies played an intrasquad scrimmage yesterday down in Clearwater. Howard hit a home run off of Cesar Jimenez. He also singled off of Jesse Biddle.
When entering the regular season Howard must get cold feet. His average against left-handed pitchers was just .173. His average when facing right-handers was .302. That’s a huge difference. With the money that Howard is making he needs to step it up and hit well against both right and left-handed pitchers.
Howard only had 81 at bats against lefties because he only played until July and he would occasionally sit when a left-handed pitcher would start. Howard has said that he wants to play 162 games this season. He is going to have to work extra hard to prove himself.
He has told his Ryne Sandberg that he wants to improve on hitting left-handed pitchers. When Howard wants to do something, he does it. He works as hard as possible and doesn’t quit. Howard not only wants to improve for himself but also to help his teammates.
If Howard can hit more effectively when facing left-handed pitchers, he will become more of a threat. The Phillies need as much offense as they can get.