Sunday, July 21, 2013

There Goes Lowe; Here Comes Loe

There Goes Lowe:
Former Braves starter Derek Lowe announced on Thursday that he was retiring 'officially no longer going to play the game'- bringing a 17 year major league career to an end. The announcement came nearly two months after he had been released by the Texas Rangers in late May.

It's nice to see Lowe get some credit. He may have not lived up to the large contract given to him (how many guys really do?), and he certainly didn't end his career in Atlanta on a positive note. During the historical collapse, Lowe went 0-5 in the month of September- giving up 23 earned runs in 23.1 innings. I know I was often critical of Lowe, but he did pick up 31 wins in his first two seasons in the ATL- and the team probably would not had made the playoffs in 2010 if not for his stellar September, in which he went 5-0 while allowing only four earned runs in 30 innings. He also pitched very well in the 2010 NLDS, despite his 0-2 record. He certainly kept the Braves in the games he pitched in, allowing only 4 runs in 11.2 innings- and getting only 1 run from the offense over those two games. 

Here Comes Loe

Another tall pitcher with a similar sounding last name was added to the Braves roster today, as Kameron Loe was recalled from Gwinnett. 

The 6'9" Loe appeared in 21 games for the G-Braves, sporting a record of 4-2, an ERA of 3.19, a 3.00 SO/BB, and a 1.134 WHIP.

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