#3 and Dropping Like a Rock

New pitcher to worry about on Boston: Derek Lowe.

He has been terrible this year, got rocked tonight by the DRays, and is a fragile soul, or so it seems. It’s not like he’s even supposed to be a top-of-the-rotation guy, either. He’s just supposed to hold down the fort in the bottom part of the rotation. For the better part of this season, he’s failed to even do that.

There’s only one possible upside to this, and it ain’t big: schadenfreude. Scott Boras is his agent and he’s in a walk year.

[EDIT: More from Gordon Edes here, in today’s Globe]

6 comments… add one
  • Your pain is felt. The only thing to keep in mind is that you only need 4 starters for the playoffs. If you feel confident in a 4 man rotation backended with Wakefield & Arroyo, and if you think Lowe can wriggle through the season then it all may work out. Then again, if Lowe maintains his terrible performances then the Sox are really in a bind. There isn’t even room for Lowe in the bullpen (where he began) because the Sox bullpen is now too good. He’d have to be sent down and I imagine his psyche would be shot.

    JCL (YF) May 21, 2004, 11:35 am
  • Someone on SoSH did a side-by-side comparison of John “Gasoline” Burkett and Lowe over their last two seasons. Not nice. It’s a dilemma…

    SF May 21, 2004, 1:36 pm
  • No time to panic just yet; Lowe may well recover. And though I wrote in my previous post that Manny “appears” to be carrying the Sox, that was a bit of a dodge: look at the performance of Wakefield and Arroyo, not to mention the bullpen, if you want to see why the Sox are still doing well. And despite the injuries to certain key players, they’re scoring runs—far more than the Yankees.

    YF May 21, 2004, 2:17 pm
  • Who’s panicking? Lowe’s numbers are worrisome. He can and may turn it around, but the numbers of his stellar ’02 look far far away. He wasn’t as good as his win total last year, and now it’s showing even more. He’s pitched pitifully this year.
    To reiterate: We worry. We DON’T panic.

    SF May 21, 2004, 2:38 pm
  • More inconsistent than terrible (though you could say inconsistency is a terrible trait). And it doesn’t help matters when your defense is offensive: the Sox have let in 10 unearned runs in his appearances. Pettitte had times when he went through these troughs, and the two pitchers strike me as somewhat similar. Lowe doesn’t have Pettitte’s power to bail him out, but I would expect some recovery….

    YF May 21, 2004, 3:39 pm
  • See, now that’s scary. The guy has the 4th worst ERA in the league amongst starters AND they’ve given up 10 additional unearned in his starts that don’t show up in his ERA? That’s quite an indictment of his awfulness you make, not an explanation of it.

    SF May 22, 2004, 12:25 pm

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