Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lowe and Looper in series finale

Derek Lowe and Braden Looper take the mound on Sunday in what is easily the least sexy pitching matchup of the series. Lowe is a groundball artist who has struggled this season, striking out just 67 batters in 124 2/3 innings while issuing 41 walks. Lowe is still inducing ground balls at a rate of 55%, but he'll need to get the walks down and the strikeouts up if he intends to help the Braves catch the Rockies in the NL wild card race.

Looper has been surprisingly effective throughout his career given his modest skills. Most of his success, however, came out of the bullpen while he has hovered around replacement level as a starter for the past three seasons.

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