That’s right, Derek Lowe, the middling starter for the Atlanta Braves is the marquee hurler on the mound tonight. You might argue that Andy Pettite, who will also be starting for the Yankees on Wednesday night. And that’s pretty good argument but Lowe has more wins (15 to 11) and Pettite has only pitched in 20 games this season while Lowe has gone the distance starting 32 games so far in the 2010 baseball odds action.
So if you’re a big Lowe fan cherish this moment and it’s not likely to come about again anytime soon. The strange combination of the Atlanta Braves struggling to lock in a playoff spot while the rest of the teams across the baseball lines competition have either already wrapped up their division and so are resting their top starters, or they have no shot at the playoffs and are resting their top starters to give their farm players a taste of the Bigs.
Either way, Lowe’s (4.07 ERA) task at hand is a serious but simple one: win at all costs.
The Braves (88-69) once masters of their own destiny and dominators of the NL East looked as though they would cruise into the baseball odds postseason earlier in the year, but then came August. This was a brutal month in which their starters (Lowe included) fell by the way side, the bull pen got overworked and the team couldn’t win a game.
As a result, in the final days of September this team is now 6.0 games behind the NL East champion Phillies (94-63) and clinging to a very skinny .5 game lead over the San Diego Padres (87-69) in the NL Wild Card chase.
Atlanta will be hosting the Florida Marlins at Turner Field and will likely mop the turf with them. The Marlins are decent team (77-79) but their starting pitcher; Andrew Miller (1-4, 8.19 ERA) is just one bad start away from selling insurance.
Miller is a terrible pitcher and he’ll cost the Marlins any chance of winning this baseball lines matchup.