jfg wrote:Howry is a much better pitcher against left handed batters. He's 3.71 against righties 1.91 era against lefties. I don't think that adds up to a great closer. As a closer he'll have to face righties a lot more than he would as a setup man.
How do you get ERA numbers split between LH batters and RH batters? With it always switching per batter, it seems like this isn't the best statistic.
Last year, LH batters hit .244 and RH batters hit .247. Over his career, he's actually slightly better against RH batters. He's 6'5" and can pinpoint an upper 90s fastball, meaning he'll run it in hard on RH batters.
With Lou at the helm, Howry is a shrewd fantasy pick this year for saves. Dempster is bound to implode, and Wood, well, this is a role I could see Wood succeeding in, but there are too many question marks involving his health.