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« Power Against Power | Main | Derek Jeter's Forgettable 2010 »

Limiting Howard

Ryan Howard, on the surface, played well in the NLCS.  He posted a .318/.400/.500 slash line, great over any length of season.  He failed to drive in a run however, and only scored one.  Despite slugging .500, the Giants did limit his power.

Howard hits to all fields, and he really likes the ball up.

Ryan Howard slugging, 2010 regular season.Howard hits to all fields, but if you want to reduce his power, the lower outside corner is the place to go.  That's what the Giants did:

Ryan Howard, Pitch Frequency, 2010 NLCSTo his credit, Ryan was able to smack a few of these pitches for doubles:

Ryan Howard slugging, 2010 NLCS.The Giants kept him from pulling the ball, and that kept the ball in the park.  Ryan was not able to deliver the big home run, and that contributed to the Phillies losing three games by one run.

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