Sep 28, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT
With their spot in the playoffs no longer secure and Jair Jurrjens’ knee injury looking more serious than initially believed, the Braves have decided to adjust their rotation by starting both Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe on short rest.
Hudson fill face the Marlins tonight, followed by Lowe tomorrow, and they’ll both be pitching on three days’ rest. Hudson has made just three previous starts on short rest–including none since 2006–but is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in those games. Lowe has four career short-rest starts, going 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA, but also hasn’t won on short rest since 2006.
By starting on short rest tonight Hudson is also set up to pitch the season finale Sunday against the Phillies, perhaps with the Braves’ season on the line. That start would be on full rest and as an added bonus he’ll probably be facing Philadelphia’s backups. Lowe would then be in line to start either a one-game playoff or Game 1 of the NLDS.
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