Howard Down in St. Louis

 

Sure, Ryan Howard clubbed his ninth career home run in St. Louis this week, the most ever by any opponent. But overall he had his worst Busch Stadium season.

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Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run Wednesday in St. Louis (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

 

In five games there, he hit under .300 and slugged under .500, both for the first time in his career.

 

More importantly, the Phillies have had a losing record in Howard's home city each of the last two seasons, something they hadn't done with him in the lineup before. (And be aware, the two teams could easily meet there again in the postseason.)

 

Howard's year-by-year numbers at Busch Stadium:

 

Season G  W-  L    AB R H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   Avg.   OBA Slg.
2006 3  3-  0 14 1 5 0 0 1 7 3 3 .357 .471 .571
2007 6 4-  2 22 5 7 1 0 2 7 8 6 .318 .500 .636
2008 6 3-  3 21 7 9 1 0 3 10 6 6 .429 .571 .905
2009 2 2-  0 6 3 3 0 0 1 5 3 2 .500 .667   1.000
2010 4 1-  3 17 2 7 2 0 1 2 1 3 .412 .444 .706
2011 5 2-  3 15 2 4 0 0 1 3 5 6 .267 .477 .467
Totals    26    15-11  95   20   35 4 0 9 34 26 26 .368 .512 .695

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