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Lowe beats -- and hits -- his neighbor

Posted on: May 12, 2009 12:12 am
 
NEW YORK -- A few notes on the first of the week's fascinating pitching matchups, with the Braves' Derek Lowe beating the Mets' Johan Santana 8-3 tonight at Citi Field:

-- It turns out Lowe and Santana are offseason neighbors in Fort Myers, Fla. "He lives three houses down," Lowe said. "I didn't see him much, but I saw his Lamborghini."

-- Lowe was 0-for-9 this year and 1-for-his-last-34 (not counting a postseason hit) when he singled off Santana in the second inning. "Luck," Lowe said. "You go up there with such low expectations. I almost wanted to ask for the ball."

-- Amazingly, Santana is now winless in six career starts against the Braves. They're the only team he has pitched against but never beaten (he has never faced the Twins or Rockies). Even more amazingly, he now owns a 2.31 ERA in those six starts, and is 0-4.

-- Santana's ERA in his four wins this year: 0.70. His ERA in his two losses: 0.00 (two unearned runs in each game). Santana's ERA in his nine losses as a Met: 2.59.

-- Before tonight, Lowe and Santana had never matched up as starters. They had pitched in the same game twice; both appeared in relief in a July 3, 2000 game at the Metrodome (an 11-8 Red Sox win, with Lowe getting the save), and Lowe appeared in relief of an April 12, 2000 game that Santana started at Fenway Park (a 7-3 Red Sox win). "I love facing guys like that, especially Santana," Lowe said. "He's going to beat you more than you're going to beat him, but it's fun challenging yourself. I've always enjoyed watching him."

-- Lowe said he didn't think about the Mets' offseason interest in him. He also said that it wasn't just the lack of a four-year offer that kept him from signing with the Mets (he got four years, $60 million from the Braves). He said other teams were offering more money than the Mets even on three-year deals.
-- Great line from Lowe on Santana: "I know the guy would rather give up a root canal than give up an earned run."

-- Lowe has become a big fan of Jair Jurrjens, who starts Tuesday's game. "We've got our best pitcher going tomorrow," he said.
Category: MLB
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