Here’s Derek Lowe talking about his first game in pinstripes:
“I think it’s pretty cool, because I hear a lot of people saying, ‘Derek, I love you.’ I don’t know if that’s for me, or for Jeter. I think it may be for me, so I think that’s kinda cool.”
As you can tell,l Lowe was in the mood for a few smiles last night. His four scoreless innings proved that he might not be a desperation signing after all. He’d spent the past week and a half or so in Florida getting his mechanics straightened out, and he gave the Yankees everything they could have asked for on his first night with the team.
“Outstanding sinker tonight is what I saw,” Joe Girardi said. “He may not have the velocity that he used to have, but he’s got an outstanding sinker and a slider and he got a lot of groundball outs tonight. That’s the Derek Lowe I remember.”
Impossible to say what kind of lasting impact Lowe might have. It seems all but certain he won’t pitch the next two games, and he might not pitch the next three, but he could certainly make a weekend appearance against his old team from Boston.
“The thing about a sinker is: When I can’t see the sink, it’s good,” Lowe said. “When I can see it, it stinks. Probably, people on TV, the ones that go ‘wheee,’ and that look great, they stay in the same plane. They may look great on TV, but when I throw a ball, and you can’t see the sink, it’s good because it’s going down at the right time. Whereas if I can see it moving, it’s not going to be very good. There’s only one way — hitters are the ultimate telltale. They’ll tell you how good your stuff is. I don’t care how good you think your stuff is, they’re the ultimate answer. If you’re getting positive results, then you’re doing the right thing. If you’re not, you’re not. It’s that simple.”
Lowe got positive results last night, and maybe he can scratch out a two-month role in this bullpen. If he’s as good as he can be, he could make the Yankees think about using him in some significant innings, but that’s a discussion for another day. For now, Lowe’s done his job on a night when the Yankees needed him. And he was all smiles afterward.
“Clearly you don’t throw as hard as you normally do, and when you lose your deception, you’re in for a world of hurt,” Lowe said. “So I had to get back to hiding the ball a little bit better. And so far, so good. I’m not going to do jumping jacks tonight because you pitch one good game. We’re in this for the long haul, and we’ve just got to continue to work.”
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