I was listening to a few games on the radio broadcast of the games just after they came out of that slump and Larry Anderson had mentioned that it seemed like the Phillies could 'turn it on and off' when they needed to. Of course that's what it looks like, but in reality that isn't what happened. That is what is so intriguing about a baseball team during the season.
This is from the Phillies press notes on Ryan Howard's 200th home run:
MORE FROM ELIAS:Ryan Howard went 2-for-3 with his 200th career homer for the Phillies… Entering the night, Howard's career batting average after the All-Star break (.302) was 47 points higher than his career average before the break (.255)… That's the largest increase from the first half to the second half for any active player with at least 2000 career plate appearances.