Last night, he smoked another grand slam, leading the Phightin's to a 6-1 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis. That was his 7th career grand slam, tying him with Mike Schmidt for the franchise's career record. Never mind that it took Schmidt 17 years to hit his 7 slams; Howard has hit his 7 in just 3.5 major league seasons. Howard is 20 pounds lighter, his defense is greatly improved, and he's swinging the bat really well. Imagine how well the Phightin's might have done last year if Howard had been swinging the bat like this during the first half of the season.
Joe Blanton finally put together a good outing last night. He pitched 6 solid innings, including pitching out of a couple of jams, finally posting his first win of the season. His ERA came down by a couple of runs, and he looked like the dominating starter that he was during spring training and during the postseason last year. Hopefully, he's now back on track. It can only bode well for the Phillies if he's back on track.