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Howard's Giants Power Loss

Ryan Howard lit up the Giants early in his career, but not lately.

Howard's Giants Power Loss

(Ed Andrieski/AP Photo)
(Ed Andrieski/AP Photo)

Ryan Howard hit five home runs in his first seven career games against the Giants and had belted seven by the time he had faced them 16 times. But he has managed just three round-trippers in the 29 games (*including playoffs) he has played against them since 2008.

  2005-07 *2008-11
Games 16 29
H-AB 14-59 23-107
Avg. .237 .215
Doubles 3 10
Triples 0 1
Home Runs 7 3
Total Bases 38 44
Slugging Pct. .644 .411
Walks 7 10
Strikeouts 21 44
Runs 11 10
RBI 20 8
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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