Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit two home runs off of Mets starter Dillon Gee this afternoon, his seventh multi-hit game in his last 11 games. Since June 9, Howard has raised his OPS 98 points from .730 to .828 An Achillies injury that ended his 2011 and cut into a large part of his 2012, and a recent knee injury have both slowed the lefty slugger, but as we have moved into summer, his bat has caught fire.
Some of that, of course, can be credited to Gee, against whom Howard has had tremendous success:
Ryan Howard 2-HR game vs. Dillon Gee. Now is 7-for-15 with with six homers and 14 RBIs in their career meetings
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) June 22, 2013
The two-homer game was Howard’s first since August 30, 2011. It is Howard, arguably more than anyone else on the roster, that the Phillies needed to see pick up the slack, making his last two weeks all the more joyous for the club.