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Howard Rests Cranky Knee as Phils Look for Rare Pittsburgh Series Win

Jul 3, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT


The Phils found some rare luck in Pittsburgh last night when they snapped the Pirates’ nine-game win streak. They’ll have two chances to take the series from our state rival tonight and during the day tomorrow. They’ll have to do it with Ryan Howard on the bench this evening who is battling some knee pain.

Howard may have aggravated it when he put on the burners to score from first on a Delmon Young ball in the gap to cap off the three-run sixth that would eventually earn them the victory. While it may not be the most fluid thing in the world, watching the Big Piece truck is certainly something (video).

As CSN points out, this will be the third time in the last five games that Howard is not in the lineup. Hopefully a little rest will do him well.

Tonight’s pitching matchup pits John Lannan against lefty Jeff Locke who is an impressive 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA on the season.

As for the Phils’ futility at PNC:

Despite their win last night, Philadelphia is just 15-24 (.385) against the Pirates in Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001 … The Phils have not won a series in Pittsburgh since April 25-27, 2008, and have lost each of their last four series here (4-9 in 13 games since 2009) … Strangely, however, the Phillies have scored just two runs less than the Pirates in their 39 games all-time at PNC (168-170) … Philadelphia’s starters are just 12-17 with a 4.09 ERA (104 ER,228.2 IP) at PNC over that span.

Don’t forget the series will wrap up during the day tomorrow, so you can enjoy the Phils’ radio broadcast at 1:35 while you lay on the beach. The Phils then come home for a nice long homestand that kicks off against the rival Braves. It’s crunch time in South Philly.

  1. Nogel - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I can’t stand that fat, overpaid, unproductive sack of sick.

  2. willh888 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    most players who are looked at as ‘gritty’ gain that rep and never really lose it. No one really uses that word when they talk about Ryno. Being a big boy for a long time must take a toll on those knees, and the guy still hustles hard, gets dirty and so on. He deserves some credit for still bustin’ it

    • Nogel - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Going with your coddling of Howard because he’s a “big boy” logic, wouldn’t Prince Fielder (and the other dozen big boys in the MLB who rarely get injured) be on the DL constantly?

      • willh888 - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:36 AM

        Ryan Howard isn’t on the DL constantly, so I don’t know where you’re going with that. Ryan Howard hustles and has no luxury of the DH. Easy stuff, man

  3. Haha - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    So every time a good lefty starter is on the mound, Howard will be “resting his knee”. Riiiigggght.

  4. Von9 - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    If all it takes is a midseason run around the bases, and that run qualifies as “afterburners engaged”, he has a long uphill climb ahead of him as a professional athlete. He doesn’t look or move like the kind a person earning a $20 million salary with his body. It won’t be long before we’re in the Alex Rodrguez zone with Howard.

    • mac - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      forget Howard, the real fat sack of poop is Delmon Young, good lord, Dom Brown goes up and hits a run bomb to get within a run and before you can blink Fat Young is down 0-2 in the count swinging at balls and then when he gets his pitch he’s so late on it that it’s embarrassing. If this was Ruben’s Plan B why the hell trade did he trade Pence or at the least we mine as well have just resigned Victorino to play a corner outfield spot. Pathetic Ruben.

  5. Hiccup - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Ryan got a nice multi-dollar multi-year “thank you contract and now we are paying the price with the big boy hobbled by a bum knee which must be related to the torn Achilles( leg bone connected to the thigh bone… Thigh bone con….).The Phillies decline parallels the cores decline so the lesson learnedight be don’t sell the farm for one bountiful harvest or you will be plowing mediocrities for years to come. There’s no hope for winning seasons probably for three to four years especially if Rubes continues to make these stupefying moves, yes we paid Howard to much but we could of worked around that but instead we get the Young brothers, a Revere who has no power and a set up man with a bum arm. And I still think two batting coaches is unproductive and call me wrong but where’s the production? Some one show please; cause it ain’t showing on the scoreboard.


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