Tag:Derek Lowe
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:44 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:49 am
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/30: Opening day matchups

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3UP

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw vs. Tim Lincecum -- Opening day at Dodger Stadium, against the Giants and with the Giants coming off a World Series title, this game has enough going for it to start with, add in two of the best young pitchers in the game and it's an embarrassment of riches. (Thursday, 8 p.m. EST at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles)

CC Sabathia vs. Justin Verlander -- There'll be no shortage of heat at Yankee Stadium tomorrow. Sabathia is starting his third straight opening day for the Yankees, while Verlander's strong spring give hope to avoiding another rough April. Not only do you have two of the best pitchers in the game going head-to-head, they're both facing formidable lineups. (Thursday, 1:05 p.m. EST at Yankee Stadium, New York)

Felix Hernandez vs. Trevor Cahill -- Hernandez won his first Cy Young Award last season, while Cahill is at the top of what is probably the American League's best rotation. We all know Hernandez's resume, but Cahill had an impressive 2010 as well, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA. (Friday, 10:05 p.m. EST at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.)

3DOWN

Ryan Dempster vs. Kevin Correia -- Correia goes from being another guy in a very good rotation in San Diego a year ago to the top of the Pirates' rotation. Dempster has started two opening days before, both in Florida, but is hardly a marquee name for one of the game's marquee franchises. (Friday, 2:20 p.m. EST at Wrigley Field in Chicago)

Derek Lowe vs. Livan Hernandez -- Lowe's starting his third straight opening day for the Braves and Hernandez is making his fourth overall opening day start for the Nationals/Expos, but first since 2006. Both have had good careers, but there's little sizzle to this matchup.  (Thursday, 1:05 p.m. EST at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.)

Tim Stauffer vs. Chris Carpenter -- With all due respect to the 2005 Cy Young Award winner, this game is as much about who isn't pitching as who will toe the rubber. The expectation was that it would be Mat Latos against Adam Wainwright, this just doesn't have the same juice. (Thursday, 4:15 p.m. EST at Busch Stadium, St. Louis)

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Posted on: March 16, 2011 6:14 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 11:47 am
 

Braves tab Lowe opening day starter

By Matt Snyder

For the third consecutive season, Derek Lowe is the starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves on opening day. This season will mark the sixth time in the last seven seasons Lowe has been an opening day starter (Atlanta Journal-Constitution ) -- the previous three times were with the Dodgers.

Two other candidates for the job were likely Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson. Hudson went 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA last season. Hanson, 24, is the Braves' ace of the future. He's had a sparkling spring after sporting a 3.33 ERA last season, his first full season as a starter in the bigs.

Along with Jair Jurrjens and probably Mike Minor, the Braves have a very formidable starting staff.

Lowe, 37, has a 0.64 ERA this spring. He went 16-12 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.37 WHIP last season. He was lit up pretty well on opening day last season, giving up five earned runs in six innings, but still got the win because the offense provided him with 16 runs in support.

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 10:04 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 2:29 am
 

Ross the stuff of legend

Cody Ross
Giants outfielder Cody Ross' home run tonight to break up Roy Oswalt's no-hitter (although it's not really "breaking up a no-hitter" in the fifth inning) was his fourth of the postseason.

But the most amazing part of what he's done this week has been the timing. He has recorded the Giants' first hit in the past three games, all by home run.

* Game 4, NLDS: First hit off Derek Lowe, solo homer with one out in the sixth.

* Game 1, NLCS: First hit off Roy Halladay, solo homer with one out in the third.

* Game 2, NLCS: First hit off Roy Oswalt, solo homer with one out in the fifth.

Also, five of his six hits have either tied the game or put the Giants ahead. That, my friends, is how you make yourself a postseason legend.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 9:47 pm
 

News on Game 4 starters


If the Twins win the game that's under way now, they will face a mismatch on the mound in Game 4 tomorrow. Joe Girardi said again Saturday that ace CC Sabathia would get the call on short rest Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, however, said he did not consider throwing Game 1 starter Francisco Liriano on short rest. He told reporters that Nick Blackburn would get the Twins' Game 4 start. Blackburn was 10-12 with a 5.42 ERA during the regular season.

We know there's going to be a Game 4 in the Giants-Braves series, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he's undecided about -- or at least not ready to disclose -- whether he'll throw Game 1 starter Tim Lincecum on three days' rest or turn to rookie Madison Bumgarner. Meanwhile, Braves manager Bobby Cox says he's leaning toward Game 1 starter Derek Lowe in Game 4 over rookie Brandon Beachy.

The projected starters for Game 4 in Arlington on Sunday are Tommy Hunter for the Rangers and Wade Davis for the Rays.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:44 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 2:01 pm
 

Braves announce rotation

The Braves have announced their rotation for the NLDS against the Giants (via David O'Brien on Twitter ):

Game 1: Derek Lowe
Game 2: Tommy Hanson
Game 3: Tim Hudson
Game 4: Brandon Beachy or Lowe on short rest

The Giants have yet to announce their rotation.

UPDATE: MLB.com's Mark Bowman (via Twitter ) notes Jiar Jurrjens will pitch an instructional league game tonight, but wouldn't be used until the NLDS at the earliest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 3:12 pm
 

Prospect reveals Jurrjens' injury

Jair Jurrjens A kid gets called up to the big leagues, his parents get excited, let the local paper know, local reporter calls big-time prospect and writes a story.

It doesn't sound like much out of the ordinary -- except when that prospect tells the truth (something many front offices frown upon) and reveals an injury to one of the team's starters on the eve of its biggest series of the season.

That's pretty much what happened Sunday night as Indiana native Brandon Beachy told the Kokomo Tribune that he was in Philadelphia because of Jair Jurrjens' injured knee.

"It's exciting," Beachy told the paper in a phone interview from the team's hotel in Phialdelphia. "We're chasing Philadelphia, we're in Philadelphia. They have an incredible lineup. I'd love nothing more than to be thrown right into this mix and help contribute."

Before the Tribune story, the Braves hadn't said anything about Jurrjens' injury. Monday they're down-playing it.

"it's just a precaution in case," Braves general manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien . "J.J. felt better yesterday. Nothing series, just a tweak to the knee."

We'll see tonight.

Beachy was an emergency starter for Derek Lowe's start at Pittsburgh, but wasn't needed. Lowe, who had a bone chip in his elbow, started the game and won.

Beachy, 24, was 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 35 games (13 starts) in Triple-A and Double-A. He had 148 strikeouts and just 28 walks in 119 1/3 innings.

Lost in this may be Beachy's great story -- and why he had every right to be excited. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent two years ago out of Indiana Wesleyan. The baseball draft pretty much goes until people run out of names they can even make up, and this guy wasn't even drafted? Two years later he's on the brink of the big leagues -- that's certainly something to celebrate, even if I couldn't find a photo of the guy.

UPDATE: The Braves have announced Beachy will start for the Braves against the Phillies tonight. Heck of a big-league debut -- face Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth opposite Cole Hamels. Congrats and good luck.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 8:52 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 8:52 pm
 

Lowe will pitch with bone chip

Derek Lowe
In 14 seasons, Derek Lowe has never been on the disabled list. Even with a pesky jagged piece of bone lodged in his pitching elbow, he's not about to start now.

An MRI exam showed a bome chip to be the source of the Barves starter's elbow pain, but doctors say if he can pitch with the pain, he's not going to hurt anything. He might have to have surgery after the season to remove the chip, but for now he's going to keep going. He missed his scheduled start Friday but plans to make his next on Wednesday.

“You have to [pitch],” Lowe told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “There’s nothing you can do. It can’t get worse.”

Lowe, 37, is 11-12 with a 4.53 ERA for the first-place Braves. Those numbers don't match up to his best years, but one thing hasn't changed: The guy is the very definition of a workhorse. Since converting to a starting role with Boston in 2002, he has made at least 32 starts each year, leading his league in games started three times. He has averaged over 206 innings per season as a starter.

-- David Andriesen

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