Friday, June 13, 2008

Derek Lowe No Longer Mediocre

On May 22, Derek Lowe had an embarrassing ERA of 5.34. Since then, he has quietly become the Dodgers' most reliable pitcher, stringing together five very impressive starts while lowering his ERA to very respectable 4.03:

6/13 at Tigers: 7 innings 2ER
6/7 vs. Cubs: 7 innings 3 ER
6/2 vs. Rockies: 8 innings 1 ER
5/28 at Cubs: 7 innings 0 ER
5/23 vs. Cardinals: 7 innings 2 ER

Lowe, 35, is in the final year of a four year, $36 million contract and will probably command a three or four-year contract this winter. The 2009 free agent starting pitcher market will be relatively thin, so Lowe will likely be one of the most sought after pitchers after Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia.