Appreciating J.P. Howell’s curveball

I was as surprised as you were when J.P. Howell exercised the player option in his deal for $6.25 million. After posting a 1.43 ERA in 2015 and 1.97 in his last three seasons (not to mention a respectable 3.14 FIP), many thought the 32-year-old lefty would try his luck on the open market. He didn’t, and the Dodgers could benefit from that. Howell has been usually successful for...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking at some fastball-slider lefty options

The term “lefty specialist” has a certain connotation to it. That is, it’s a lefty who has a nasty breaking pitch (usually a slider) that is hard for opposing left-handed hitters to contact. Also, they don’t typically throw that hard, but there are some who do. The Dodgers traded Paco Rodriguez in the Hector Olivera deal. When they did so, they traded their best left-handed...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell exercises option for 2016

The Los Angeles Dodgers will have at least another season with one of their top-performing relievers.According to multiple outlets, left-handed reliever J.P. Howell has exercised his $6.25-million option for 2016.Howell, who was drafted in the first round in 2004 by the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals, has been one of the Dodgers' most consistent relievers in the regular...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers reliever Howell exercises $6.25M option to return

LOS ANGELES (AP) Reliever J.P. Howell has exercised his $6.25 million player option for 2016 and will remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 32-year-old left-hander earned $4 million each of the last two years as part of a contract agreed to in December 2013 that included a $3 million signing bonus. Howell, who left Tampa Bay to join the Dodgers, went 6-1 with a 1.43 ERA this...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell surprisingly exercises his option to return to Dodgers

Relief pitcher J.P. Howell had a player option for 2016 worth $6.25 million, and rather than decline it to hit free agency, Howell has decided to exercise it and remain with the Dodgers, according to tweets from Buster Olney of ESPN and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. The move is a surprising one because he’s coming off a season in which he posted a 1.43 ERA over 65...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Rebuilding the Red Sox: Let’s Talk LOOGYs

Dave Dombrowski spoke to the media on Tuesday, and when talking about the team’s plan heading into the offseason, he backed up a lot of what most fans have been saying over the past month. Namely, he said the focus will be on finding a front-line starter as well as rebuilding the bullpen. According to the new President of Baseball Operations, the lineup is mostly set, and there...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Sizing up the Dodgers

As our storied regular season comes to a close, we have a looming showdown with the three-time National League West champion L.A. Dodgers. Clearly, after winning the division the last three years, and on their way to finishing with 90-plus wins again, the Dodgers have proven themselves to be a formidable opponent. Like the Mets, they’ve done it mostly with pitching. Unlike the...
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers 5, Giants 4: Praise A-God

Today was the most important game of the season to date, and the Dodgers gutted out a marathon 14-inning victory, 5-4, over the rival Giants, thus extending their divisional lead to 4.5 games. A tight, back-and-forth affair through most of the game before it hit a lull in extras, there were tons of scoring chances for both teams, and this was about as close to a playoff baseball...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers score 4 runs in 7th to beat Cubs 5-2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Andre Ethier singled in a pair of go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers rally past the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory. The NL West leaders have their third winning streak of five or more games for the first time since May 7-12. The Dodgers overcame a balk by starter Mat Latos that put the Cubs ahead...
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August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Baez is Quietly Breaking Out

Towards the end of last season, I wrote a post on Pedro Baez after his late-season call-up. Baez had looked impressive in high-leverage situations, generating six shutdowns (+6% win probability added in a game) while having no meltdowns (-6% win probability added). J.P. Howell was starting to falter, so the Dodgers had gone from two reliable relievers to just one. However, the post...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Braves July 22, 2015: Early, Early Day Baseball

Man, I’m in New York City and I’m barely awake. I don’t know what all of you out in California are making of 9 a.m. baseball on a Wednesday. Dodgers Braves 9:10 a.m. PT Atlanta, Ga. CF Pederson 2B Peterson 2B Kendrick CF Maybin 1B Gonzalez RF Markakis RF Ethier 1B K. Johnson...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers' LHP Howell has been reliable out of the bullpen

Since last season Dodger fans have often bemoaned the state of the team's bullpen, with the exception of Kenley Jansen. There is another reliever though besides Jansen who has been quite reliable this season: left-hander J.P. Howell. The Los Angeles Times notes that Howell has allowed exactly one earned run all season, and it came on April 10. He’s gone 30 consecutive appearances...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Rollins delivers clutch two-out, two-RBI single to rally Dodgers past Phillies

View image | Final: Dodgers 10, Phillies 7 WP: J.P. Howell (4-1, 0.36 ERA) LP: Jeanmar Gomez (0-2, 2.20 ERA) SV: Kenley Jansen (14) Los Angeles, CA - In the longest-recorded nine-inning game in Philadelphia Phillies' history (four hours and 13 minutes), the Los Angeles Dodgers ultimately came out...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs roar back to end 7-game skid vs. Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Welington Castillo doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off a pair of comebacks to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-6 on Monday night. Castillo doubled against reliever Pedro Baez (1-1) to drive in Jake Lamb with none out. The Diamondbacks, who trailed 4-0 and 6-4, added three more runs in the inning on a bunt single, a...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks rally twice to beat Dodgers 10-6

PHOENIX (AP) Welington Castillo doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, capping a pair of comebacks by the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. Castillo doubled off reliever Pedro Baez (1-1) to drive in Jake Lamb with none out. The Diamondbacks, who trailed 4-0 and 6-4, added three more runs in the inning on a bunt single,...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs roar back to end 7-game skid vs. Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Welington Castillo doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off a pair of comebacks to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-6 on Monday night. Castillo doubled against reliever Pedro Baez (1-1) to drive in Jake Lamb with none out. The Diamondbacks, who trailed 4-0 and 6-4, added three more runs in the inning on a bunt single, a...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers manage series split despite losing Kershaw, Greinke games

It happens but once a year. Since 2013, the Orange County Register points out that the Dodgers have lost back-to-back games pitched by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke only once each season: September 7-8, 2013, August 15-16, 2014, and now June 22-23, 2015. Reliever J.P. Howell admitted that things didn’t look so good after those two losses. Per the Register:“It’s bad any time...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell tumbles off mound attempting to cover first (Video)

J.P. Howell took a tumble off the mound while attempting to cover first base during a sixth inning groundout which wrapped up his relief appearance in Wednesday's Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Chicago Cubs. Howell made a spin move to get himself turned toward first base, but lost his footing and found himself falling flat on the grass. The grounder was hit straight to Adrian...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Cubs June 22, 2015: The Endless Bullpen

Sometimes, it’s pretty hard to keep track of who is even in the Dodgers bullpen, and that’s even with the invaluable contributions of “ABsmilebunch,” who maintains the bullpen chart you see at the bottom of every game thread. Dodgers Cubs 5:05 p.m. Chicago, Ill. RF Puig CF Fowler CF Pederson 1B Rizzo ...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers @ Dodgers, June 17, 2015: Weird That A Six-Man Bullpen Feels Thin

Split home-and-home series are weird, because after two games in Texas, now the Dodgers and Rangers are kicking off two back in Los Angeles. Sure, whatever. Rangers Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles, Ca. RF Choo RF Puig SS Andrus CF Heisey LF Gallo 1B Gonzalez 1B Fielder 2B Kendrick...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Philip Pfeifer, Brendon Davis lead Dodgers’ Day 2 draft

Rounds 3 through 10 of the 2015 MLB Draft concluded on Tuesday, and there wasn’t a ton to get excited about on the Dodgers’ end. If anything, the Day 2 picks showed they either needed to save some money to pay for their first three picks, or they have something up their sleeve in rounds 11 through 40 (which is currently underway). The Dodgers selected eight players. Here’s...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves @ Dodgers May 25, 2015: Meet The Braves

Not too often that an opposing starting pitcher comes through town that I’ve never heard of, so, hey, who are you, Williams Perez? Braves Dodgers 5:10 p.m. Los Angeles 2B Peterson CF Pederson CF Maybin SS Rollins 1B Freeman 2B Kendrick RF Markakis 1B Gonzalez LF Gomes...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies @ Dodgers May 15, 2015: KENLEY

KENLEY. Today, the Dodgers activated Kenley Jansen and sent Daniel Coulombe back to Oklahoma City, which is a sentence I should probably just save because it will be used 20 more times this season. Rockies Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles, Ca. LF Blackmon CF Pederson SS Tulowitzki SS Rollins 3B Arenado ...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins @ Dodgers May 11, 2015: Welcome back, Dee Gordon

Hey, Dee Gordon is hitting really, really well. That’s great. Now, people can stop saying the Dodgers shouldn’t have traded him. Marlins Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles 2B Gordon CF Pederson 3B Prado SS Rollins RF Stanton 2B Kendrick CF Ozuna 1B Gonzalez LF Yelich ...
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies May 8 2015, Maybe

I’m not going to pretend that this is going to be a good informative game thread, because it’s not. Dodgers Rockies 5:40 p.m. Denver, Co. CF Pederson CF Blackmon SS Rollins LF Dickerson 2B Turner SS Tulowitzki 1B Gonzalez 1B Morneau C Grandal 3B Arenado ...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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