36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard is going to grab some bench for the next 3-4 games for the Philadelphia Phillies. Howard has played in 46 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 22 of 143 (.154 avg, .558 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 8 homers and 19 RBIs. Howard has also whiffed 53 times while only walking 12 times so far this year, as he has appeared overmatched at the plate! 24-year old righty swinging Tommy Joseph is going to try to take the starting job away from Howard in the next few days. Joseph has played in 13 games so far this year for the Phillies and he is 10 for 37 (.270 avg, .816 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. I hate to see Howard’s time in Philly possibly ending this way, as he has been one of the best players in franchise history. He is second in Phillies’ history in homers (365, behind only Mike Schmidt) and he is also third in RBIs (1,154, behind only Mike Schmidt and Ed Delahanty….both Hall of Fame players).