Lowe gunning for third straight Opening Day win

Derek Lowe is going for his third straight win on Opening Day Thursday when the Braves start the season in Washington against the Nationals. But it hasn’t always been quite that easy for the 37-year-old right-hander.

Lowe actually lost three consecutive Opening Day starts as a Dodger with an 8.44 ERA. And last year he benefitted from a 16-run onslaught by the Braves over the Cubs on a day he gave up five runs in six innings.

The eight shutout innings he pitched against the Phillies on Opening Day 2009 are actually the anomaly, Lowe said. He’s 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA in six Opening Day starts overall.

“I feel like I’ve really tried probably too hard,” said Lowe, who’s been better known for what he does come October. “In your first game, everybody feels strong, so you may go a little bit too fast. Whereas the playoffs, you pretty much have thrown 200 innings; your delivery is a lot smoother.”

Lowe said he brings a different confidence into this Opening Day start than his first two as a Brave, after finishing last season on a high. He went 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA in five September starts.

“Confidence-wise this is as good as I’ve felt going into Opening Day in a long time,” Lowe said. “Hopefully that will translate into a little bit more success.”

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Fish Bisch

March 30th, 2011
3:31 pm

Beachy for staff ace.

Voice of Reason

March 30th, 2011
3:36 pm

Really excited about the season – got my mlb.com paid for and looking forward to following the Braves no matter where they are. Even have my tickets for the series in Houston in June (my 66th birthday occurs then so hoping for a 4 game sweep to celebrate with but will settle for a healthy Chipper instead – saw the play that did in the knee last year – great play, terrible result!) Go Braves!

Geaux Braves

March 30th, 2011
3:45 pm

Third! I’m a loser.

Joshua

March 30th, 2011
3:49 pm

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview/2011/news/story?page=11expertpicks

An awful lot of ESPN experts picked the Braves to win the NL east.

eskippy

March 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

Dave O’Brien of ESPN has braves winning division and wld card , but not advancing.

David O'Brien

March 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

eskippy: how does my namesake have the Braves winning the division AND the wild card?

eskippy

March 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

That’ s what I’m wondering. They just won’t give the Braves any respect over there.

BrunswickDawg

March 30th, 2011
4:38 pm

Jon Schambi has the Braves picked for East and WC, but the Phils winning the Pennant…. no wonder he didn’t last long in ATL

Michael

March 30th, 2011
4:54 pm

saw the picks on ESPN a few hours ago but didn’t notice that two people have the braves winning the east and WC. good call on pointing out their stupidity but it would be cool if we somehow won both.

Daren in Utah

March 30th, 2011
6:39 pm

Chuck Norris could win both the NL East and the wild card. Just sayin…

eskippy

March 30th, 2011
6:53 pm

And ESPN would still put the Phillies in the series.

Bravefaninok

March 30th, 2011
7:32 pm

Jerry Crasnik is the only ESPN writer worth reading…..lol

Bravefaninok

March 30th, 2011
7:34 pm

Jerry Crasnick, this guy …..

Hawes

March 30th, 2011
7:42 pm

Chuck Norris just won the next four world series.

Balls are so scared of Chuck Norris they flee from his hand at 120 MPH and his bat at Mach 5.

Chuck Norris could hit a ball out of the park. Yellowstone.

Chuck Norris’s beard is the original Big Red Machine.

Mitchell

March 30th, 2011
7:53 pm

The eight shutout innings he pitched against the Phillies on Opening Day 2009 are actually the anomaly, Lowe said. He’s 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA in six Opening Day starts overall.

Which is another reason why Tim Hudson should be starting, not to mention the fact that he’s 10-2 against the Nats.

But what’re you gonna do? It’s Fredi doing his best Bobby impression.

It worked the last two years though, as long as we score enough runs.

Mitchell

March 30th, 2011
7:58 pm

Michael

March 30th, 2011
4:54 pm
saw the picks on ESPN a few hours ago but didn’t notice that two people have the braves winning the east and WC. good call on pointing out their stupidity but it would be cool if we somehow won both.

Do you people really think someone would pick the same team to win both the division and the wild card?

I’m pretty sure that was a typo.

eskippy

March 30th, 2011
9:22 pm

You figured that out did you?

Disbott 3000

March 31st, 2011
10:57 am

Chuck Norris doesn’t swing a bat. He merely glares at the ball as it is pitched and it runs in terror over the outfield wall on its own.

Gwinnett Fred

March 31st, 2011
2:05 pm

Schambi is a boob – glad he’s gone.

wt

April 4th, 2011
4:42 pm

Tommy Hanson is a joke. Ask Beau Torbert.lol. 1-2, homer and 3 rbis. Hanson blamed it on the wind. The Braves are perennial sports jokes.

The center fielder batted 168 out of Spring and one outfielder spent his time drunk at Spring training.

wt

April 4th, 2011
4:43 pm

Hanson could not start for an Independent League team.

wt

April 4th, 2011
4:44 pm

Will any Brave bat over 250 this year? lol.

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