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J.P. Howell Robbed of Proper Recognition, Again

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Hilarious.

Pitcher ERA FIP tRA pLI Saves
Howell 1.63 2.47 2.97 1.57 6
Rivera 2.6 2.75 2.86 1.7 21
Papelbon 1.75 4.12 4.4 2.38 20

Either you go by traditional means like ERA, and he's the best of the three, or you go by tRA/FIP, and he's still better than Papelbon. You can't say he's not a high leverage reliever, otherwise Rivera is nearly in the same boat. This came down to saves, plain and simple. I guess the good news is that this keeps his arbitration costs down.

Oh yay!

tborays@ehahmann Maddon said he felt Fuentes deserved it b/c he's the saves leader

Quick comparison of these two:

Pitcher ERA FIP tRA pLI Saves
Howell 1.63 2.47 2.97 1.57 6
Fuentes 3.49 3.11 3.03 2.19 23

 

It's almost like J.P. Howell is one of the three best relievers in the American League.