JP Howell, Bud Norris Shut Down

Posted: 27th September 2009 by Adam Bernacchio in MLB
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A couple of quick, early morning fantasy notes that I wanted to touch upon. First, the Tampa Bay Rays shut down closer JP Howell. Howell has logged a lot of innings the last couple of years and with the Rays out of the pennant race, I am sure Howell could use the rest. Despite finishing the season with 18 saves and increasing his K/9 ratio from 2008 (9.27 to 10.67), Howell had a rather unspectacular season. He has blown an American League high (tied with Mark Lowe of the Seattle Mariners) eight saves and his ERA, WHIP, HR/9, and BB/9 all increased from 2008. I fully expect the Rays to go out and get a legitimate closer for 2010, so HowellÆs days of having fantasy value might be over. Look for Dan Wheeler to get first crack at save opportunities for the final week. Second, the Houston Ast ...

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