Wednesday, July 01, 2009

DFA Howry, please

As if Brian Sabean pays any attention to Giants Win, but what a lousy signing Bobby Howry's turned out to be. He just lost another game in St. Louis in the bottom of the 10th, nullifying a great outing by Matt Cain. The Giants are wasting $2.75 million this year on Howry.

According to the Henry Shulman game story in the SF Chronicle, Pablo Sandoval tried to take the blame, which shows what a fine teammate he's already become. For his part, Howry acted like a diva, blaming the umpire, and then running off. I've lost patience with Howry and I'm skeptical that he'll bring much in a trade. He should be DFAd ASAP. Failing that, he should certainly not used in situations with the game on the line.

MC O'Conner at Raising (Matt) Cain nicely recaps the 2-1 loss, comparing it to a defensive soccer match where your team loses at the end.


Blogger allfrank said...

I wonder if you're serious. Howry has a 3.86 ERA, is ranked in the top 40% of NL pitchers. In Apr, May, and June he only gave up runs in 6 out of 29 games. Yes, some of the games he gave up runs in were ugly, but in his 4 worst appearances he's given up 2,2,3, and 3 runs. He's actually quite effective and quite valuable. If you watched the game in St. Louis, he had Ludwick out twice, once where Sandoval dropped the easy foul pop up, and on a pitch that was clearly a strike but was called ball 3. The point is, he is usually on his game, as the 23 scoreless appearances demonstrate.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

I maintain that Howry has a propensity for losing in winnable games. As for Wednesday's loss, why are we making excuses for him? It's not as if Colby Rasmus is the new Albert Pujols.

The 3.86 ERA is a bit illusory since he's hardly ever getting used in many situations with the game on the line. And the WHIP is a pretty ordinary 1.32.

12:37 AM  
Blogger allfrank said...

OK, he's been awful in 5 games and excellent in 25 games. His ERA is above average as is his WHIP.
It is not making excuses to point out the actual events that surrounded the AB. He pitched well in the AB, retired the hitter twice, but for an error and a blown call. Now he gets in a 3 ball count and has to come in. It sounds like that fact effected his pitch selection and he threw a pitch that was easier to hit. I will agree that many of the top 75 pitchers won't giving up the HR in that situation, but I would say the odds are pretty high of that occurrence for the remaining 225. Lastly to be pissed is one thing to yell DFA is rally over the top.
Yeah, the Bums blew it.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

Allfrank, I always appreciate your taking the time to write because you're very thoughtful and you obviously support the Giants. But we're going to have to agree to disagree on Howry. He's the last guy I want to see out there with the game on the line.

11:07 PM  

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