Among the truisms when it comes to covering baseball:
1) Talk about the brisk pace of play in the seventh inning and the game is guaranteed to go 12.
2) Book night-time flight for seven hours after the scheduled start of a day game and it is guaranteed to rain.
3) Write a pre-game story about a player's early success and he is guaranteed to go 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and 5 left on base.
Such was the case last night with Ryan Howard, whose batting stance was the topic of my notebook in today's paper. You can click here for the details, but in the mean time here is a photo comparison about how Howard's stance looked against the Astros over the weekend and against the Nationals last August.
EDITED, 5:07 p.m. -- Per a request from the comments section, above is Howard against two righties: On the right, Stephen Strasburg from August of last season. On the left, Brett Myers from this season.
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