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Ryan Howard's Two Big 0-Fers

Comparing Ryan Howard's two longest 0-fer streaks.

Ryan Howard's Two Big 0-Fers

Ryan Howard´s two-run single in the 10th inning Sunday snapped an 0-for-18 streak. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Ryan Howard's two-run single in the 10th inning Sunday snapped an 0-for-18 streak. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Ryan Howard's two-run single in the 10th inning Sunday snapped an 0-for-18 streak, which was the second longest 0-fer of his career. He had gone 23 at-bats (27 plate appearances) without a hit over a seven-game stretch in May of 2011. (Yes, both were during the same month of the year, which happens to historically be his worst month average-wise.)

During that 2011 slide, his batting average dropped from .275 to .236. He was hitting .282 before this drought hit and was down to .244 before his game-winner Sunday.

He had a much higher strikeout percentage in this year's skein (10 of the 18 ABs), and all of them were swinging strikeouts. He also failed to draw a walk in 2013's 0-fer.

Here are how those two slides compare:

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   May 14-20, 2011     May 8-12, 2013   
 Totals  0-23, 4W, 8K  0-18, 0W, 10K
     
 Home  0-10, 1W, 3K  —
 Away  0-13, 3W, 5K  0-18, 0W, 10K
     
 Bases Empty  0-14, 3W, 5K  0-8, 0W, 6K
 Runners On  0-9, 1W, 3K  0-10, 0W, 4K
 RISP  0-3, 1W, 0K  0-4, 0W, 3K
 RISP/2 Outs  0-3, 1W. 0K  0-2, 0W, 2K
     
 0 Outs  0-10, 0W, 4K  0-8, 0W, 5K
 1 Out  0-7, 2W, 3K  0-5, 0W, 3K
 2 Outs  0-6, 1W, 1K  0-5, 0W, 2K
     
 vs. RHP  0-12, 4W, 3K  0-12, 0W, 6K
 vs. LHP  0-11, 0W, 5K  0-6, 0W, 4K
     
 Ks Swinging  6  10
 Ks Looking  2  0
 Flyouts  7  4
 Groundouts  8  4
     
 Six Games
 Before Streak   
 7-22 (.318)
 3 HR, 6 RBI
 3 W, 8 K
 6-18 (.333)
 3 HR, 4 RBI
 5 W, 8 K
 Six Games
 After Streak
 9-25 (.360)
 2 HR, 3 RBI
 5 W, 6 K
 ???
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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