PST: Should Phillies drop Howard in batting order?

PST: Should Phillies drop Howard in batting order?

August 5, 2014, 9:00 am
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Ryne Sandberg took Ryan Howard out of the Phillies' lineup for three straight games in July.

It was an attempt to give the struggling Howard a mental break and chance to work on mechanical adjustments.

In his first two games back, Howard went 3 for 8 with a two-run homer and two runs scored.

Since then, he's been back in a rut.

Howard is 1 for his last 25 (.040) with seven strikeouts and one walk. His season average has slipped to .215, his on-base percentage to .297 and his slugging to .366.

So, what next? Could dropping him in the order be an option?

"At this point in his career, I think Ryan Howard is a six- or seven-hole hitter,"'s Corey Seidman said on Monday's edition of Philly Sports Talk on Comcast SportsNet.

To hear more on Howard from Seidman and Philadelphia Daily News' Ryan Lawrence, watch the video above.

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