Second half, boys and girls!Â Let’s start it like its a brand new slate.Â We’re down but we aint out!Â Tonight, the Mets (42-45) start a 4 game set on the roadÂ against the Atlanta Braves (43-45).Â Our boys will be up against a very familiar pitcher.Â You all may remember (RHP) Derek Lowe from this past offseason.Â Here’s the skinny on Lowe (8-7 4.39 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
Full Name: Â Derek Christopher Lowe
Born: Â June 1,1973 Â inÂ Dearborn, Michigan
Height: Â 6-6Â Â Weight: Â 230Â Â Bats: Â RightÂ Â Throws: Â Right
High School: Â Edsel Ford (Dearborn, Michigan)
College: Â None
Drafted: Â Selected by Seattle Mariners in 8th Round (215th overall) of 1991 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)
Career Record (134-114 3.79 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)
Â Â Per MLB.com,
“In his last start of the first half, Lowe seemed to rebound from one of the roughest stretches of his career. After going 1-4 with an 8.61 ERA in his previous five starts, Lowe got back on track with a strong outing against the Rockies at Coors Field on July 10, going six innings and allowing one earned run on four hits. Lowe beat the Mets on May 11 at Citi Field, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs.”
Lowe’s previous 2 starts per Foxsports,
Jul 5, 2009 – Lowe gave up four runs over 5.1 innings with one strikeout and one walk in Sunday’s loss to Washington. He’s now given up 22 earned runs in his last 23 innings.
Thu. Jun 25, 2009 – Lowe was hit hard Thursday, giving up eight runs (six earned) over three innings in the team’s loss to the Yankees.
Lowe allowed a whopping 11 hits, walked three and struck out none, so this outing was about as bad as it gets, even considering the defensive miscues. His ERA now sits at 4.53 and his WHIP at 1.38, but a recent three-start stretch against the AL East has certainly played a part in that. Still, his K rate really needs to improve for a big bounce-back to occur after the All-Star break.(RotoWire, 11:20:42 PM)
Scouting Report per Stats Inc.,
Lowe is known for his sinker, which he throws most of the time. When it’s on, it is a thing of beauty. He can vary the speed of it through the 80s, and hitters usually beat it into the ground or miss it entirely. Lowe also throws effective sliders and curves to complement his primary offering. Whatever he throws, he almost always keeps the ball down. Lowe produces roughly three times as many groundballs as flyballs, making his success as dependent on his infield defense as any pitcher in the game. Last season, one defensive miscue behind him often snowballed into a big inning, leading to questions about his mental makeup.
With Lowe inducing so many groundballs, he’s had more than 60 total chances in each of the last two seasons. Although Lowe is generally a reliable fielder, he committed three errors in 2004. Lowe is slow to the plate, and his pickoff move is average at best. As a result, stolen bases against him have become a major problem. He allowed a major league-high 34 steals last season, while only two runners were caught.
Scouting Report according to thebaseballcube.com,
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency:Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
- On January 13, 2009, it was reported that Lowe had agreed to a four-year, $60 million dollar deal with the Atlanta Braves that was confirmed two days later.
- Daily News article 01/05/09 –
The Mets have floated the framework of a deal worth slightly more than $36 million over three years to Lowe, but Lowe has no interest in that contract because he believes he’s worth much more – perhaps as much as $16 million per season, a figure reported by the MLB Network Saturday night on its “Hot Stove” show.
The Mets’ pact – a Lowe ball? – is worth around $12 million per season, about what Seattle‘s Carlos Silva makes. By contrast, A.J. Burnett just signed a contract with the Yankees worth $16.5 million annually for five years, though he has not shown Lowe’s durability.