The Big Piece is showing signs of his 2009 form. Photo by: Ian Riccaboni
Pop quiz: Over the last seven days, which Phillie has led the team in on-base percentage? How about the last 14 days? 30 days?
If you guessed Ryan Howard, you cheated. Or figured it out by reading the title.
Over the last 30 days, Howard has reached base at a nearly .400 clip (.398), good for 17th in the MLB and tenth among NL players. In his MVP 2006, Howard reached base at a .425 clip and, in his fantastic 2007 follow-up, reached base at a .392 rate. Obviously, in such a small sample, Howard may not and likely isn’t going to be able to sustain this clip but it has put him in the positive in fWAR (0.6) for the year and has put him ahead of Albert Pujols in all triple-slash categories except for an 8 point OBP deficit.
On Monday, our Pat Gallen suggested that General Manager Ruben Amaro took shots at Howard. But Howard’s last 30 days has changed the direction of his season and has shifted the conversation a bit...