Originally posted by Knowledge:
Originally posted by skeetskeet:
Great pitchers duel tonight once Bumgarner settled in.
I'd love to see our pitchers face our lineup sometime.
These games really do have that rivalry/playoff type feel to them.
I honestly in no way fear Howard. I know dude has mad power but his average is so bad and anytime there are two strikes I feel like its a guaranteed K. (Now he's gonna have a monster game cuz I said that) but its like any time there are two strikes he will swing at anything. I wonder What his average is with two strikes?
i expected howard to struggle he just stinks against lefties...Howard is what he is..a big power bat that will stike out alot but dirve you in 140 rbis a year..i love the guy..my favorite Philly...if howard only struck out 100 times a year and batted .300 every year hed be the greatest hitter to ever play the game...hes not that
lol, and if Eli Whiteside hit .320 every year, with 40 HR and 30 SB for 15 years, hed be a top 5 player of all time.
Howard is a good player, but not a great player. hes got big power, but strikes out WAY too much, and doesnt really walk. RBI's mean very little, because it has to do with whos on base in front of you. its nice he drives in 140, but he could have been the same player on the Oakland A's, and hed have like 85 RBI's.
Howard has benefited from playing in a good lineup in a great hitters park. his career avg is mediocre, his career OB% is low for a guy who is supposed to be a star 1B, and his high career SLG% with average doubles totals throughout the years is indicative of how much he relies on the HR for his production. plus hes a threat to break the single season K record every season.
Ian Kinsler has the same career WAR as Howard in 2 fewer seasons played.
Its partially the HORRIBLE contract the Phillies gave Howard, but ive always thought he was pretty overrated, and wouldnt be such a star away from the Philly bandbox under the bright lights of the east coast.
[ Edited by Niners99 on Aug 7, 2011 at 4:29 PM ]