Some interesting data on J.P. Howell
It's obvious how much the Rays are going to miss J.P. Howell. Here are some interesting stats from ESPN's Buster Olney and Mark Simon on J.P. Howell's 2009 season:
A) He made 23 appearances on consecutive days, up from 13 such appearances
when the Rays bullpen was able to go a little deeper, in 2008. Newly
obtained Ray Rafael Soriano may be a little more used to such usage. He
pitched 29 times on consecutive days in 2009, tied for second-most in the
majors (behind Pedro Feliciano's 34) with Ryan Madson.
B) He got right-handed hitters out at an extraordinary rate for a
left-handed pitcher. Consider that he ranked first among lefties in
allowing just a .159 batting average from opposing right-handed hitters. He
was second in Opp OBP (.268) and third among all lefties in Opp Slug,
allowing just a .293 mark. This out of 101 qualifying pitchers.
C) Via the data on Fangraphs.com -- and perhaps a clue in how well he
handled righties -- Howell was third in baseball among pitchers who threw
the highest rate of curveballs, behind Jason Bulger and Wandy Rodriguez.