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Breaking Down the NL RBI Leaders

We break down the RBI numbers for Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp.

Breaking Down the NL RBI Leaders

Not only will the National League's top two teams be squaring off in a four-game set starting tonight in Milwaukee, but so will it's top two run producers.

The Phillies' Ryan Howard and the Brewers' Prince Fielder are tied for the NL lead in RBI (108), one ahead of the Dodgers' Matt Kemp.

Below is how those RBI break down for each player.

Noteworthy: Howard and Fielder have exactly the same number of RBI off right- (80) and left-(28) handed pitchers ... Those two are also close in RBI when runners are in scoring position (Howard 73, Fielder 72) ... Howard and Kemp have more RBI on the road than at home ... Kemp is high among the three in RBI when his team is tied or behind (71) ... Howard has the most two-out RBI (46) among them.

  Ryan
   Howard   
Prince
   Fielder   
Matt
   Kemp  
Total RBI 108 108 107
       
Behind 26 36 32
Tied 40 28 39
Ahead 42 44 36
       
with RISP 73 72 74
       
None Out 21 23 27
One Out 41 50 42
Two Out 46 35 38
       
vs. RHP 80 80 83
vs. LHP 28 28 24
       
Home 52 58 52
Road 56 50 55
       
April 27 26 19
May 15 16 21
June 22 27 23
July 17 7 19
August 22 26 20
September        5 6 5
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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