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March 1, 2006

Derek Lowe Hopes to Get Back on Track in 2006

by @ 3:53 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Derek Lowe was kind of a microchosm of the Dodgers season last year.  On the face of things, he didn’t throw too bad.  He had a 3.61 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  And his home/road splits weren’t that far off either.  But he finished 12-15 and two of those twelve wins were complete game shutouts.  One thing a lot of people gloss over is that he gave up 24 unearned runs, meaning his total runs against were more like 4.58, which doesn’t look as good.  Regardless, the Dodgers went 15-20 in Derek Lowe’s 35 starts and that’s not what we were looking for when he signed him for nearly $10 million a year.

Lowe also had the much publicized affair with a local TV broadcaster.  Lowe admits his concentration wasn’t there last year and this year’s he’s committed to getting back to his old form.  Lowe’s had an unconventional career.  He had a great season out of the pen for the Red Sox in 2000 but then slipped a little in 2001.  He was converted to a starter in 2002 and finished third in the American Cy Young voting and won 21 games.  He was 17-7 in 2003 but he did it with a 4.47 ERA and then in 2004, he fell apart and his ERA ballooned to 5.42.  He finished 14-12 but he had a record setting offense behind him.

Then, of course, he had the good postseason in 2004, which raised his stock and then he signed the four year, $36 million deal for the Dodgers.  One thing is for sure, Derek Lowe is an extreme ground ball pitcher.  He needs a good infield defense behind him, and that’s one thing that probably won’t be better next year.  He’ll probably get more run support but we’ll see if it’s enough.

One Response to “Derek Lowe Hopes to Get Back on Track in 2006”

  1. Keith Glab Says:

    Well, I do think that the Dodgers’ infield defense will improve this year, one of several reasons that I picked Lowe to win the Cy Young Award in 2006.

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