Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Wednesday that he plans to stick by the struggling veteran Derek Lowe, who lost for the fourth time in five starts Tuesday night, allowing eight runs in four innings to the Nationals.
“Like any athlete that goes though some tough stretches – hitters go through it, pitchers go through it, bullpen guys go through it, and closers,” Gonzalez said. “I think we’re going through that a little bit like that. You ride it out.”
Lowe is now 1-4 with a 7.52 ERA over his past five starts, with a .365 opponents’ batting average. Lowe has allowed four or more runs in four of those five starts dating back to his July 10 loss in Philadelphia.
The Braves have two top prospects Julio Teheran and Mike Minor in Triple-A with major league experience. But they also know Lowe has a history of doing his best pitching come playoff time. Lowe went 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA last September.
“He has a track record,” Gonzalez said.