Sandberg said the fact the Phillies faced left-hander Robbie Erlin had something to do with it, but Howard also has been struggling. He is hitting .154 (4-for-26) with one RBI in his last 10 games.
"He just seems to be just off the ball a little bit more than he was a few weeks ago," Sandberg said about Howard. "Just a little bit off, he's getting him in some holes and missing some pitches and fouling some pitches off, misses his pitch."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.