Ryan Howard is an easy target of criticism by Phillies fans. For those who pay attention to the deeper numbers and statistics of the game, Ryan Howard has his flaws. This cannot be denied when taking his contract value in to consideration. But as the month of April starts to wind down I was curious how Howard's first month of the season has compared to some of his previous Aprils, for the sake of comparison. Is Howard still on a decline, or is there a perceived bias against the Phillies first baseman?
April Batting Average
Howard's overall batting average has certainly declined a little bit, but .277 is actually six points higher than his career batting average to date. As we will see later though, the disparity between batting averages against right handed pitchers vs. lefties is drastic, especially in the early going this season. Ideally you would like to see Howard bring that batting average a little bit, but if he ends up hitting .277 this season that may not be a terrible thing. In fact, if he maintains that batting average, hen Howard would finish the year with his highest batting average since hitting .279 in 2009. It would also be his fourth highest season batting average, not including his September call-up for 19 games in 2004.no comments