Cox leaning toward Lowe for Game 4

Braves manager Bobby Cox indicated after Friday’s game, that he’s leaning toward pitching Derek Lowe in Game 4 on Monday against the Giants.

Cox would go with Lowe on three days’ rest over rookie Brandon Beachy, who has only three starts of major league experience. Lowe pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 1-0 loss Thursday to Tim Lincecum, who struck out 14 in a complete gave victory in Game 1.

“He threw, if you subtract the intentional walk, I think only 88 pitches, and he’s been politicking before the series started,” Cox said of Lowe. “And he’s good on three [days rest]. He didn’t throw a lot of pitches, he didn’t labor. Right now I would lean toward him, subject to change, but I don’t know why not.”

Lowe beat the Marlins on three days’ rest on Sept. 29, allowing only one run in 5 2/3 innings. He’s 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA in five career starts on three days’ rest.

Lowe actually made his well-known 2004 ALCS Game 7 start for the Red Sox against the Yankees on two days’ rest. He allowed one run in six innings in the 10-3 win.

The only run Lowe allowed the Giants Thursday came after Buster Posey stole second on a play he admittedly should have been called out on and then scored on a play-able groundball past third baseman Omar Infante.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has not announced who will start Monday for Giants, either Lincecum on three days’ rest or rookie left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

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veer

October 9th, 2010
6:11 pm

If Giants are ahead than Bumgarner will pitch game 4.
If Giants are trailing then Lincecum will mostly likely pitch Game 4.

Personally I would rather face Lincecum in Atlanta

matty c

October 9th, 2010
6:35 pm

who knew lowe would be pitching like this before september?

UGA Bail Bonds

October 9th, 2010
6:50 pm

how many pitches did Lincecum through on Thurs?

Bravefaninok

October 9th, 2010
7:06 pm

UGA Bail Bonds

October 9th, 2010
6:50 pm

how many pitches did Lincecum through on Thurs?

around 115 i think.

AdirondackDave

October 9th, 2010
9:12 pm

UGA Bail Bonds — Think it was a few more, something like 117. I wouldn’t mind seeing the freak go on short rest. In fact, I would love to see him go on short rest. Then if it gets to game 5, I like the Braves chances even more.

Thomas

October 9th, 2010
10:04 pm

To pitch Lowe in the game on monday should be a very easy decision for Bobby, I don’t see why he is leaning toward Lowe, it has got to be Lowe.
Why would we put Beachy in to start? as game 4 would either be the clincher if we win on Sunday or to extend the season if we lose on Sunday.

gotigers72

October 10th, 2010
1:56 am

BC should go with Beachy if the Braves win Sunday and Lowe if they lose Sunday.

I don’t believe Beachy has given up more than 2 earned runs, and all of the games he pitched in were stressful, right in the heat of the pennant race. Something he had never experienced before.

He could pitch Beachy with a very short leash the way the bullpen’s been going.

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kevin in snellville

October 11th, 2010
3:38 am

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