Ryan Howard Left Out

If it felt like the wind picked up at Citizens Bank Park in the latter half of the summer, it just might have been an opposing lefthander on the mound facing Ryan Howard.

We understand that strikeouts will always be a part of the Big Lefty Piece’s resume, especially when he faces a southpaw. And we’re more than happy to put up with them if he keeps up the RBI pace (31 in his last 29 games) that he had down the stretch this season before breaking his toe.

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( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )

But he simply cannot whiff in nearly 50 percent of his ABs against lefthanded pitchers — a mark he flirted with in September and had never approached in any of his full big-league seasons.

Here are Howard’s year-by-year strikeout numbers vs. left- and righthanded pitchers:

  vs. LHP vs. RHP
 Year        AB    SO   Pct.    AB    SO   Pct.
 2004      9        5    .556      30        8    .267  
 2005    61    26  .426  251    74  .295
 2006  197    76  .386  384  105  .273
 2007  209    85  .407  320  114  .356
 2008  237    96  .405  373  103  .276
 2009  222    83  .374  394  103  .261
 2010  193    61  .316  357    96  .269
 2011  170    55  .324  387  117  .302
 2012    98    45  .459  162    54  .333

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