Howry Needs to Grab Some Bench

Hearing that Bob Howry is coming into a one-run game tonight to relieve Ryan Dempster, I thought to myself: why? How is it that Lou doesn’t see that Howry has been too inconsistent (I’m being kind here) to be relied upon. Lou refuses to look at the numbers:

  • His 5.54 ERA is a full two points above his career average
  • In the past 30 days, he’s pitched 8 innings, giving up 10 hits and 5 runs – all earned.

Lou seems to really want Howry to come around, but tonight he finally pulled him at the first sign of trouble. Facing just two batters, CC Sabathia flied out deep and then he walked Mike Carmeron. Lou yanked him for Neal Cotts, then Carlos Marmol finished off the inning.

With Friday & Saturday off for the hurricane, Z’s no-hitter on Sunday and Lilly’s 1-hitter yesterday the bullpen is fully rested.  So why is it Piniella calls on Howry first out of the pen in a one run game???? 

Howry just doesn’t have it. Honestly, I’d rather see Jason Marquis on the playoff roster rather than Bobby “Gas Can” Howry.

Howry Gets Yanked. Again.


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    September 16, 2008   Posted in: game strategy, Lou Piniella, observations, players

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