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July 1, 2007 at 10:19 am ET
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Ryan Howard’s All-or-Nothing Week

A coupla of months ago, my B&C colleague, Adam Godson, penned an article entitled “Going Long or Going Home: The Rob Deer School of Hitting.” It was basically a list of players that were (in)famous for either hitting a home run, striking out or drawing a base on balls. Not mentioned within the article was Philadelphia Phillies super slugger, Ryan Howard. If the list was redone today, The Blastmaster might just be the school’s valedictorian.

Before I get into the statistically impossible week that Mr. Howard had, here is the excerpt from Jayson Stark’s ESPN Blog that sorta brought this to my attention:

Crazy, right? btw, those kind of off-the-wall stats are the reason I’ve been reading Jayson Stark since I was in grade school. But, what Ryan Howard did this week besides that game is truly remarkable and has got to be a first in the history of the sport.

During a stretch that lasted from the 8th inning of a game vs the Cardinals on 6/24 to the 8th inning of the first game vs. the Mets on 6/29, Ryan Howard went 20 straight at-bats either registering a home run, walk or strikeout. NOTHING ELSE. No groundouts, no flyouts, no singles, no doubles – NOTHING. Only HR’s, K’s or BB’s — 2 HR’s, 5 BB’s & 13 punchouts, to be exact.

Can someone get the Elias Sports Bureau on the blower? Isn’t this the kinda stuff they salivate over?

Anyhoo, if you don’t believe me, here are the at-bat logs from all twenty of his all-or-nothing trips to the plate from the past week.

6/24
Intentional ball, Intentional ball, Intentional ball, Howard intentionally walked.

Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Howard struck out swinging.

6/26
Ball, Strike looking, Howard homered to right, Rollins scored.

Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Howard struck out looking.

Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Howard struck out looking.

Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Howard struck out swinging.

Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Howard struck out swinging.

6/27
Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Howard walked.

Foul, Foul, Ball, Howard struck out swinging.

Howard homered to center, Dobbs and Utley scored.

Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Howard struck out swinging.

Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Howard struck out looking.

6/28
Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Howard struck out looking.

Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Howard struck out swinging.

Ball, Ball, Ball, Howard walked.

Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Utley stole second, Ball, Howard walked.

Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Howard struck out swinging.

6/29
Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Howard struck out looking.

Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Howard struck out swinging.

Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Howard walked, Utley to second.

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4 Responses to “Ryan Howard’s All-or-Nothing Week”
  1. AJ says:

    Baseball prospectus calls it the “Three True Outcomes.”

    HR, BB, K. I love it.

  2. Spencer says:

    Adam Dunn has has some impressive “True Outcome” streaks as well… I wouldn’t begin to know where to look them up…

  3. Eric says:

    Just because I like to nitpick, he had 20 straight plate appearances, not at-bats, with only walks, K’s, or HR’s. Walks don’t count as at-bats. :)

  4. GM-Carson says:

    Nice “blastermater” reference…wonder where you got that. He truly is becoming a one dimensional player though all he does is hit homeruns and walk. His defense sucks, his base running isn’t all that great, and his average has suffered this season.

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