Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Howard No Longer Home vs. the Braves

Ryan Howard No Longer Home vs. the Braves

Howard No Longer Home vs. the Braves

(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Ryan Howard's home run against the Braves Tuesday was just the sixth in his last 43 games against the Braves. That pales even more so when you compare it to how he had hammered Atlanta earlier in his career.

Though 2009, Howard had homered 32 times against the Braves in 84 games. Moreso, he was averaging more than an RBI a game. And try out his averages vs. ATL in that time: .341, .424 OBA, .728 Slg.

Here are Howard's numbers against Atlanta over his first six seasons and since 2010:

         2004-09        2010-12 
 Games 84  43 
 Record 49-35  23-20 
 Batting Avg. .341  .218 
    Hits-AB 103-302  36-165 
 On-Base Pct. .424  .282 
    Walks 44  14 
    Strikeouts 77  50 
 Slugging Pct. .728  .370 
    Total Bases      220  61 
    Doubles 17   5 
    Home Runs 32 
 RBI 87  21 
 Runs 60  19 
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