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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Yanks to sign righty Derek Lowe

In terms of potential pitching acquisitions, this seems about as Lowe as they could go.

His deal with the Yankees will not be finished until Monday, and he is expected to pitch out of the bullpen while Sabathia, who will be out of action at least until Aug. 24, is recovering.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: August 12, 2012 at 05:04 PM (#4206872)
There must be no more pitchers left in the world if you're turning to Derek Lowe.
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM (#4206875)
Bwahahahahaha!
   3. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 12, 2012 at 05:29 PM (#4206889)
Hmm. Well, maybe given the easier job of pitching out of the pen he'll still have something.
   4. Dale Sams Posted: August 12, 2012 at 09:39 PM (#4206984)
They have a spot all but wrapped up...there really are no prospects they can give a call-up to?
   5. Cowboy Popup Posted: August 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM (#4206987)
They have a spot all but wrapped up...there really are no prospects they can give a call-up to?

They want Warren to keep starting. They traded Mitchell. Venditte is not MLB ready, Whelan is injured. Banuelos is also injured. Everyone else in AAA is a retread or not good and they are making a push for the playoffs so the Yanks are trying to not tamper with the roster too much.

I wish they could have found a crappy vet reliever who was less despicable though.
   6. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM (#4207014)
I wish they could have found a crappy vet reliever who was less despicable though.


I bet Chad Qualls and Casey McGehee would both clear waivers. Then they could just reverse that deadline blockbuster.
   7. Cris E Posted: August 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM (#4207029)
This might just be a pot boiling, sh!t-stirring, shot in the dark by Cashman. There's a vague need, it's nearly free and they can afford it, and if there's any success they'll look like geniuses (plus it'll rile up BOS because everything riles up BOS.) Lots of fun to liven up a pre-stretch plateau.
   8. Dale Sams Posted: August 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM (#4207032)
Negative on rile up BOS. That's like thinking a terminal cancer patient in hospice will get riled up over...well..anything.
   9. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: August 13, 2012 at 01:02 AM (#4207045)
"Righty" Derek Lowe? I thought he was famous enough that he didn't need people saying what hand he pitches with.
   10. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4207627)
Well, his first outing was certainly successful.
   11. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: August 13, 2012 at 09:41 PM (#4207642)
this is slightly off topic, but on the espn broadcast, Rick Sutcliffe said that Mark Teixiera is the guy he would immediately give a long term contract to; because you always know he is going to try and stay in the lineup despite his injuries.

This probably screws up any plans a team may have to hire Sutcliffe as GM, but he has to be the most annoying announcer I have ever heard., and I have heard Joe Morgan and Hawk Harrelson. His standard tone of voice is a loud bluster; his comments are either 1) obvious or 2) wrong. Christ he's awful. Lowe actually looked good tonight, though, maybe they have another long man
   12. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 13, 2012 at 09:47 PM (#4207645)
Lowe works 4 scoreless innings in his Yankee debut, earning the save. The Magic of Pinstripes!
   13. Cowboy Popup Posted: August 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM (#4207646)
Screw Derek Lowe. But yeah, he was pretty damn good tonight.
   14. Cowboy Popup Posted: August 13, 2012 at 09:51 PM (#4207650)
this is slightly off topic, but on the espn broadcast, Rick Sutcliffe said that Mark Teixiera is the guy he would immediately give a long term contract to; because you always know he is going to try and stay in the lineup despite his injuries.

Earlier he was talking about him as on a sure fire HOF path. His impression of Teixiera is totally at odds with the player Teixiera has been since his first year as a Yankee.
   15. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: August 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM (#4207693)
Rick Sutcliffe is one of the worst five people on Earth. Steve Phillips is another. Then maybe Robert Mugabe or someone like that and I don't know who else might round it out. A couple football coaches, probably.
   16. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM (#4207701)
Also 1 scoreless inning for Mark Lowe in the game. It was a good night to be named Lowe.
   17. Good cripple hitter Posted: August 14, 2012 at 01:07 AM (#4207783)
This probably screws up any plans a team may have to hire Sutcliffe as GM, but he has to be the most annoying announcer I have ever heard., and I have heard Joe Morgan and Hawk Harrelson. His standard tone of voice is a loud bluster; his comments are either 1) obvious or 2) wrong. Christ he's awful.


I've been saying that for years. In Canada the playoffs are broadcast on the international feed with Sutcliffe, and the Fox feed with Buck and McCarver. I've tried to listen to Sutcliffe because he has to be the lesser evil... except somehow he's not. As you say, he's absolutely awful.

As for Mark Lowe, I was watching a Tigers/Rangers game on the weekend and was stunned to see Lowe at 30 innings and only 1 hold. Right now (before today's games) he has 27 appearances and a game-entering leverage index of only .2. He has faced only 1 batter in a high leverage situation, and only 8 in medium leverage, compared to 117 in low leverage. This strikes me as absurdly low for a pitcher with superficially good numbers.

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