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Ryan Howard Heats up, Roy Halladay Back on the Mound

February 25th, 2013 at 2:39 AM
By Andrew Waltz


Ryan Howard strikes out a lot. You know this because you’ve watched more than one game. In his first four at-bats this Spring Training, Howard was 0-4 with three strikeouts. If you had asked me what I thought after one game, I would have said it was the same old Howard doing the same old thing. As it turns out, I’m glad I didn’t say that. Against Justin Verlander, Howard smacked a double to lead off the second inning. He followed it up with another one and appears to have some fight left.

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It would have been premature for me to make any bold predictions after four at-bats and I’m not going to make any after six. He’s still striking out 50% of the time, and that’s a scary number.

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In other news, Roy Halladay took the mound for the first time this spring. He threw two decent innings. He struck out two batters, and allowed one run on one hit. He’s not completely healthy yet, but he should be for Opening Day…even though he likely won’t pitch until the second game this year.

Up next we have Cliff Lee taking the mound against the Tigers. Hopefully he’ll get off to a good start and get some run support.

Tags: Baseball, MLB, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phillies

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