buffalobillsrul2002 wrote:Exactly... also to have him start his swing later to slap pitches the other way would be terrible for him... it'd be like a whole new swing. That's why all players are flawed, because there is no perfect swing. For instance, Ichiro is a great average hitter, but because he just slaps the ball, he struggles to hit HR. Whereas Howard can't hit ground balls or line drives the other way to increase his avg, but when he gets into one, the ball goes very far.
Its not about slapping the ball the other way. Its more of trying to drive pitches on the outside of the plate the other way rather than pulling out as he usually does. I watch the Phillies almost every night and while I understand Howards strength is power I dont see it hurting to drop one down the line or at least trying. So many times hes hit a ball thats a hit for a non shift but gets stopped. It just seems like a team is taking advantage of a weakness but giving an opportunity and nothings being done about it.