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Ryan Howard hits 2 homers, continues hot streak

Jun 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

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Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit two home runs off of Mets starter Dillon Gee this afternoon, his seventh multi-hit game in his last 11 games. Since June 9, Howard has raised his OPS 98 points from .730 to .828 An Achillies injury that ended his 2011 and cut into a large part of his 2012, and a recent knee injury have both slowed the lefty slugger, but as we have moved into summer, his bat has caught fire.

Some of that, of course, can be credited to Gee, against whom Howard has had tremendous success:

The two-homer game was Howard’s first since August 30, 2011. It is Howard, arguably more than anyone else on the roster, that the Phillies needed to see pick up the slack, making his last two weeks all the more joyous for the club.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Good for Howard. That injury was rough one to endure.

  2. 13arod - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Hopefully he is back Phiills need him hot

  3. natslady - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I see Papelbon blew another save and vultured the win. Valdespin solo HR, then fielding error by Michael Young and a single. There goes a two-run lead.

    Then Keven Frandsen pinch-hit homer.

    Wonder if Papelbon will put forward another lecture on fundamentals….

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      As long as he doesn’t go all Dan Haren on us, Pap will be fine.

      The Phil’s, just kind of hanging around, wonder what will happen if Howard and Brown get going at the same time.

      • natslady - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        Yeah, hopefully that will be the last Haren start for a good while. Hard to build up any kind of streak when we are 0-8 in his last eight starts. He accounts for TWICE the Nats negative run differential in games he’s pitched.

        Hard to know what happened. It’s almost like Ankiel. He wasn’t bad in the 2nd half last year. ERA of 3.58, good K rate, almost no walks in 13 starts. About the same as Greinke. He’s not old (33). Claims he’d not hurt (or at least nothing he hasn’t pitched through in the past). But his skill seems to disappear without any rhyme or reason. Gives up three runs (including two wild pitches), then strikes out 5 guys… then gives up another three runs. Davey said (without exactly saying) that it’s over.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Hard to know what happened.</blockquote.

        Career/2012/2013

        K/9 Rate:
        7.58/7.23/7.09

        BB/9 Rate:
        1.88/1.94/1.49

        HR/9 Rate:
        1.09/1.43/2.06

        Find the outlier class!

      • natslady - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM

        @church, boy, right on the money! Haren’s HRs killed us. Leading the league! And you didn’t show it, but he also started walking guys, hitting guys, and wild pitches. That pinpoint control is GONE, and when you don’t have it, the ball is GONE out of the park.

  4. cohnjusack - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Ryan Howard’s OPS by month over his career:

    April: .808
    May: .859
    June: .907
    July: .935
    August: .889
    September: 1.018

    For whatever reason, there are guys that just don’t get off good starts almost every year…and then turn it on more and more as the season progresses. Howard has shown over and over again that’s the kind of guy he is.

    • schmedley69 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      And not coincidentally, the Phillies have been a much better second half team over the years as well. The Phillies aren’t a great team, but neither are the Nats and Braves. Don’t count the Phillies out.

  5. mungman69 - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Can Ryan Howard pitch? That Phillies bullpen is just as bad as it was last year, which isn’t too good. If the Phillies don’t solve their bullpen problems it won’t matter who hits what.

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