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Derek Lowe will be the Braves’ Opening Day starter

Mar 16, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

Derek Lowe

This Opening Day starter news is fairly low level stuff, but at least it’s positive. The injury news is equally low-level, and that’s kind of depressing so, yay for Opening Day starter news!

The latest: the Braves, who announced that Derek Lowe will get the nod.  Which just shows that Fredi Gonzalez is more Bobby Cox than even Bobby Cox was. I mean, it’s probably the case that Tommy Hanson will be the best pitcher in the rotation this year, but in Atlanta, the established veteran gets the nod, always.  In fact, the last time the Braves’ Opening Day starter was not in his age-30 season or older was when Greg Maddux took the hill to kick of 1995 at the tender age of 29.

  1. billybeaneismyhero - Mar 16, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    At first I was irritated, and then I remembered that the opening day start is kind of like batting leadoff. You might be number one right now, but soon the rotation will be a jumbled mess with the number one starter pitching against other team’s number four guys.

  2. larryhockett - Mar 17, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Tell me again about how the Braves are going to steal the division when their Opening Day starter would be in a fight for the #5 spot if he pitched for the Phillies?

  3. mercyflush - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Hudson should have been the opening day starter. Better than Lowe and almost as old.

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