Poor JP Howell. It wasn’t always this way. He used to be a very productive reliever. But it has now been three years since he was dependable. And for many people, it has been three years since his antics were entertaining. In some ways, he is the pitching version of Jonny Gomes.

And you can see how messed up Howell is now. His mechanics are constantly changing. Just look at his follow-through. Sometimes he falls off the side of the mound. Sometimes he doesn’t. There is no consistency.

So when Howell literally fell down off the mound last night, it seemed like a fitting moment that sums up Howell’s season…



  1. Beth says:

    Except that the Tampa Bay area is filled with fans whose man crushes on Jonny Gomes will never die. Whereas when Howell leaves us I doubt many around here will express regrets.

    Speaking of Gomes, perhaps we can see the last of JP in favor of Brandon?

  2. Dave L says:

    Maybe he can learn a knuckler? Lefty aspect would make it interesting. Thats his last hope i think.


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