31-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard is still providing a lot of thump in the middle of the batting order for the Phillies. He has played in 128 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 121 for 483 (.251 avg, .827 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 29 homers, 102 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Howard has played in 22 games so far in August and he is 20 for 84 (.238 avg, .867 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 8 homers, 21 RBIs and 34 whiffs. Howard has now played in 1,003 games in his first 8 years with the Phillies and he is 1,023 for 3,720 (.275 avg, .929 OPS) with 623 runs scored, 282 homers, 850 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Howard is still the most important hitter in the Phillies’ lineup as he produces a lot of runs with his bat.