Having trouble getting too excited about Derek Lowe, just cause I think the chances the Phillies will bring him in are pretty slim. I think Moyer’s not going to have a whole lot of bargaining power unless he does a better job of demonstrating 1) he’s interested in playing for a team other than the Phillies and 2) there is interest from other teams in him. Whether the discussions of other starting pitchers are an effort to put pressure on Moyer or not, Lowe did have a better 2008 than Moyer:

  IP ERA Ratio ERA+
Moyer 196.1 3.71 1.33 118
Lowe 211.0 3.24 1.13 131

There’s not much of a case to be made for Moyer being better than Lowe. He was, however, way better away from home than Lowe was in ’08. Moyer went 10-3 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.20 ratio away from Citizens Bank Park. Lowe threw to a 2.30 ERA at Dodger Stadium, but was less impressive away from it, going 5-6 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.39 ERA away. Opponents hit just 206/242/300 against Lowe in LA, but 292/334/413 against him outside of LA.

Here’s what Lowe has done away from Dodger Stadium over the past three seasons:






2008 93.2 46 4.42 106 24 1.39
2007 109.2 51 4.19 105 39 1.31
2006 104.2 48 4.13 115 26 1.35
Total 308 145 4.24 326 89 1.35

Lowe has made three starts at Citizens Bank Park and they’ve been good. He’s 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and an 0.95 ratio.

This article from November suggested that Lowe was looking for $16 million a season. I would be surprised if the Phillies were interested in paying Lowe anything near that.

Question of the day: In each of the past four seasons, Pedro Feliz has 1) gotten at least 450 plate appearances and 2) posted an OPS of .717 or lower. How many other major league players are both those things true of?