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Blue Bird Banter Mar 15, 2017
Blue Jays Spring Battles: Second Lefty in the Bullpen

Blue Jays Spring Battles: Second Lefty in the Bullpen

We are about halfway through the Blue Jays spring training schedule. I thought it might be a good time to take a look at one of the few positions where the team has a battle going for the job. John Gibbons has said that he wants two lefties in the pen. J.P. Howell will be the first lefty in the pen. J.P. has had one ‘official’ appearance and one non-official one. Neither went well. The official one: 1 inning vs. the Phillies, last saturday, he gave up 2 hits, 2 walk, 2 earned with 2 strikeouts. The unofficial one: 1 inning vs. Team Canada, 4 hits, 1 walk, 2 earned with a strikeout. For...
Jays Journal Mar 14, 2017

Blue Jays: Grilli’s experience as important as his performance

It’s no secret that the Toronto Blue Jays have pitchers that can get the job done. They feature a solid rotation that many teams in baseball would dream of having. In the bullpen, closer Roberto Osuna is flanked by the emergence of sophomore reliever Joe Biagini, recently signed veteran J.P. Howell, and more. In the […] Blue Jays: Grilli’s experience as important as his performance - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blue Bird Banter Mar 11, 2017
Quick Recap: Jays lose to Phillies

Quick Recap: Jays lose to Phillies

Phillies 8 Blue Jays 2 A bad day for a number of our pitchers. Marco Estrada, Aaron Sanchez, J.P. Howll and Lucas Harrell all gave up 2 earned runs each. And our batters didn’t do much, just 5 hits and 1 walk on the day. Pitchers: Estrada: Started, pitched 2.1, allowed 2 hits (both doubles), 1 walk and 2 earned. Wil Browning: 0.2, 1 hit. Sanchez: 1.2, 3 hits (2 doubles), 1 walk, 1 k, 2 earned. Danny Barnes: 0.1, k. J.P. Howell: 1.0, 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 earned, 2 k. His second bad appearance of the spring. Lucas Harrell: 0.2, 3 hits (all 3 were doubles), 1 k, 2 earned. Jeff...
Toronto Star Mar 10, 2017
Jays' J.P. Howell has knuckled down and handled the game’s curves: DiManno

Jays' J.P. Howell has knuckled down and handled the game’s curves: DiManno

Reliever jokes about the luxury of being a lefty, but it's hard work that has made his career.
Blue Bird Banter Mar 7, 2017
Quick Recap: Team Canada beats Jays

Quick Recap: Team Canada beats Jays

Team Canada 7 Blue Jays 1 That was a good game for Team Canada....not such a good game for the Blue Jays. J.A. Happ and J.P. Howell each had a very rough time of it. On the flipside, Dalton Pompey had a very good game, reaching base 4 times (2 singles, a walk and reach on an error), he stole a base and he made a very nice diving catch in center field. If Dalton wanted to put on a show for the Jays decision makers, he did a great job. Also of note, Gregorio Petit came out of the game with a “tight calf” and will be day-to-day. Petit made an error on the first play of the game,...
Blue Bird Banter Mar 2, 2017
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: J.P. Howell

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: J.P. Howell

When Brett Cecil signed for 4 years and about $30 million, I was sad, he’s long been one of my favorites. Then, even I didn’t think he was worth that much. Then many of the other top lefty free agent relievers were grabbed up, also for larger contracts than I would have been happy to pay, I started to wonder who would be replacing Brett as the top lefty in the pen. Then the Jays came up with J.P. Howell, for just 1 year and $3 million. Howell is a little older, he’ll be 34 this year, Cecil 30. The Blue Jays are JP’s fourth MLB team, he played for the Royals, Rays and Dodgers before...
Jays Journal Mar 2, 2017

Blue Jays: What’s the scoop with Loup?

The Blue Jays have several arms competing for the available bullpen jobs, and among them is 5 year Jays veteran, Aaron Loup. The Blue Jays have several decisions to make this Spring, with one of the more open competitions being in the bullpen. The likely guarantees include Roberto Osuna, Jason Grilli, J.P. Howell, Joe Smith, […] Blue Jays: What’s the scoop with Loup? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Toronto Star Feb 26, 2017
New lefty Howell loves Google-happy Jays fans: Griffin

New lefty Howell loves Google-happy Jays fans: Griffin

Replacing Brett Cecil with J.P. Howell, no stranger to AL East, in primary left-handed relief role could work out just fine.

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