Unconventional Wisdom: Howard can thank Maddon for his revival
2. Howard's two homers were part of a four-homer assault by the Phillies, who now have 14 of their 20 runs in this Series off of longballs. That figure for the Rays is three out of 12, so 17 of 32 World Series runs, more than half, have come on home runs. That fits expectations; when you face better pitching it's not smallball that wins games, because it's too hard to string together multiple events for runs. You beat good pitchers with short-sequence offense, scoring multiple runs quickly with the longball. Throughout this postseason, power, rather than manufacturing runs, has been ascendant. Game 3 was the exception, not the rule.
3. The Rays have gotten away from what worked for them in the regular season, going from a patient team that works counts, gets into good situations, draws walks and hits for power to a group of anxious hackers. They've struck out in a quarter of their ABs in the World Series, and have a miserable 3.4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio with just six extra-base hits.