Here are two overlooked areas that aren't as good as they were last season. It's not for a lack of trying, but Ryan Howard will never be mediocre at his position. He'll always be below average. Advanced metrics, like several seasons worth of UZR data, verify his sub-mediocrity in the context of the league, while we, the fan, absorb another season's worth of anecdotal evidence, like Monday night's ill-advised throw to second in the 9th inning. The Big Piece is lugging a -9.0 UZR, which is second worst among qualified first basemen and worse than what it was last season. Only Prince Fielder is worse. But as bad as he is, he's not the biggest butcher at his position among teammates. That distinction goes to Raul Ibanez and his outfield -9.9. In fact, the entire starting outfield is in the red (Shane Victorino, -2.2; Jayson Werth, -2.5). Long and tedious essays have been written about the merits of these stats, but to the layperson like me, I see where they're coming from (not so much Victorino). I've seen improved outfields across the league, while balls that would have been fielded a season ago by the Phillies' all-star outfield are dropping into play, especially in left.