Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
2 days ago

Howard went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's loss to Miami.

EDGE Analysis

Howard's fourth-inning blast, his 14th of the season, gave him 30 RBI on the year. It's no secret that the veteran has been putting on a sad campaign to watch in 2016, but he has improved - albeit in small increments - of late. Across the board, Howard's slash line of .160/.219/.376 is higher than it's been since mid-May. Despite the improvement, it is still a hard pill to swallow outside of the deepest leagues.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
2 weeks ago1 Comment

Howard is unlikely to face disciplinary action from a PED investigation by Major League Baseball, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Howard was named in an Al Jazeera report in December claiming he and other professional athletes used the performance-enhancing substance Delta 2. He has denied any wrongdoing and has filed a defamation suit against Al Jazeera.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
2 weeks ago

Howard is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

He will sit in favor of Tommy Joseph at first base with lefty Tyler Anderson due up for Colorado, as is standard whenever the Phillies face a lefty. Howard has been dreadful against right-handers as well this season (.161/.227/.367) and the team figures to continue the process of phasing him out as the we progress through the end of the season (and the end of Howard's tenure in Philly).

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
2 weeks ago

Howard went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI and a run in Thursday's 11-2 loss to the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

It was a rare ray of sunshine in an otherwise nightmarish season for the veteran slugger, who's still slashing only .158/.219/.362 after Thursday's strong effort. While Howard has shown he still has plenty of pop in his bat, he's been incredibly feast-or-famine this season, striking out 68 times over 196 at-bats, and generating only four extra-base hits, all doubles, in addition to his 12 round-trippers.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
3 weeks ago

Howard is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Tommy Joseph will take over at first base Saturday while Howard draws the day off against a left-hander in Danny Duffy. Howard is batting a mere .105 against southpaws this season. He could draw back into the lineup when the Phillies face righty Yordano Ventura, but Howard is no longer a bankable every day option at first base.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
1 month ago

Howard went 2-for-5 with a solo homer, his 11th of the year, in Thursday's win against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Thursday marked Howard's first multi-hit game since April 29. The 2005 NL Rookie of the Year and 2006 MVP is having an embarrassing year, becoming one of the most expensive bench players in the history of the sport. He's making $25 million this season while slashing .150/.204/.350 and obliterating his career lows in practically every meaningful category. At 36-years-old, the writing is on the wall for Howard, and he's sadly become irrelevant in most fantasy formats.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
1 month ago

Howard is back at DH, batting fourth, against Minnesota on Tuesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's likely a temporary move as the Phillies do not normally have the luxury of utilizing the DH position. Howard has started only three of the last 11 games and he's batted 1-for-13 (.077) during that time. His season average has dipped to .145 as well, making the scenario of an option to the minors in the realm of possibilities.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
1 month ago

GM Matt Klentak said the Phillies have no plans to release Howard, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

EDGE Analysis

Klentak said Howard has not been a distraction since being demoted to a bench role, and the Phillies still value his power bat coming off the bench. Howard has made just four starts this month, and two of those came as a DH while the Phils were in Toronto. His opportunities will be limited over the remainder of the season.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
1 month ago

Howard is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

With the Phillies' interleague series headed back to Philadelphia, the DH spot is no longer an option so Howard will head back to the bench. Tommy Joseph will start at first base and he'll continue to do so for the foreseeable future, which severely caps any remaining value Howard has.

Ryan Howard
1B/DH PHI
1 month ago

Howard went 1-for-4 with a solo homer while serving as the DH in Monday's 7-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

This is too little too late for the veteran, who has lost his first base job to Tommy Joseph. Howard will probably have one more try to prove his worth as the DH in the second leg of this two-game series Tuesday, but he's likely to be relegated to pinch-hitting duties as the Phillies return home for six games after that.