Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard hit his 13th HR last night, which is the third highest total in the NL. No one is surprised with that total, but what is surprising is the number of strikeouts Howard has amassed.
In 49 games, he has whiffed 74 times already versus just 27 walks. Pro-rating those numbers over a full season will allow Ryan Howard to shatter his own strikeouts record of 199 set last season. More disconcerting are the fewer walks. Last season, he drew 107 walks in 149 games. Right now, he'd only draw 81 in the same number of games.
One day after the Yankees decided to begin the transition of Joba Chamberlain to the starting rotation, Ian Kennedy pitched his best game of the year, and the Yankees' bullpen threw three shutout, walkless innings in support. Kyle Farnsworth tossed a scoreless 8th inning in that effort.
I know that was just coincidence, but it still feels like the Yankees made a move all fantasy players make - selling at what appears to be the darkest hour only to see the sun begin to rise.
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