Derek Lowe was great last night. Over four innings, he held one of the majors’ best offenses scoreless and kept them to just two hits. His stuff looked overpowering as well. How could this be the same 39-year-old who hasn’t had a ERA+ of at least 100 since 2008?
Lowe things he might have been tipping his pitches.
“Clearly you don’t throw as hard as you normally do, and when you lose your deception, you’re in for a world of hurt,” Lowe told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “So I had to get back to hiding the ball a little bit better. And so far, so good. I’m not going to do jumping jacks tonight because you pitch one good game. We’re in this for the long haul, and we’ve just got to continue to work.”
Lowe makes a good point. It was one game. Hopefully he really did find something he could do better and pitching coach Larry Rothschild can help keep him on task as he puts up a 3.00 ERA over the next two months. This is the same guy who has consistently posted a 4.70 ERA over the last four seasons most of that in the National League no less. So expecting miracles probably isn’t a good thing.
But at the very least, we as Yankees fans can always remember this one great bullpen appearance just like we remember Al Leiter’s one great game against the Red Sox in 2005. Luckily, the Yankees still have Adam Warren stashed in Triple-A if that was just his one final day.