Monday, February 8, 2016

The 300 Report: Howard vs. Schmidt

The 300 Report: Howard vs. Schmidt

The 300 Report: Howard vs. Schmidt


In case you missed it — and truth be told, we almost did — the Phillies' Ryan Howard clubbed his 300th home run Saturday, doing it in the second fewest games (1,093) ever (Ralph Kiner, 1,087).

So, here we compare Howard numbers at the time of his 300th homer with those of Mike Schmidt at the moment he reached that milestone:

 Date  Sept. 22, 2012     Aug. 14, 1981  
 Inning  4th  3rd
 Opponent  Braves  Mets
 Pitcher  Mike Minor  Mike Scott
 Games  1093  1291
 Batting Avg.  .272  .261
    H-AB  1099-4037  1168-4473
 On-Base Pct.  .364  .376
    Walks  564  809
    Strikeouts  1297  1118
 Slugging Pct.  .553  .530
    Total Bases  2233  2372
    Doubles  200  222
    Triples  17  41
    Home Runs  300  300
 Runs Batted In    919  833
 Runs  659  821
 GIDP  82  64
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