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Good news, Braves fans: Derek Lowe made history this year

Oct 3, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

Braves starting pitcher Lowe raises his glove over his face after a run scored in the third inning by Phillies Oswalt in Atlanta

Derek Lowe went 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA for the Braves this season and STATS LLC’s tidbit-filled Twitter feed notes that in doing so he became the first pitcher in baseball history to at one point in his career lead the league in wins, losses, and saves.

Lowe had an NL-leading 16 (yes, only 16) wins with the Dodgers in 2006, led the AL with 42 saves for the Red Sox in 2000, and paced the NL with 17 losses this year.

STATS LLC notes that John Smoltz previously led the league in wins and saves, and Jeff Russell previously led the league in losses and saves.

Lowe pitched so poorly that the Braves have all but said he won’t be in the rotation next year, which means they’ll try to dump the one year and $15 million remaining on his contract or shift the 38-year-old to the bullpen. Something tells me he won’t get a chance to lead the league in saves again, though.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    No, no, no. In this voice please:

  2. thefrenchyconnection - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Well isn’t that awesome. Congrats to you Mr. Lowe!

    The only thing that could possibly top that career milestone is if you were to pull a Meche. Come on I double dog dare you.

  3. Bill - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    It’s the hat trick of meaningless pitching statistics!

  4. frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Hope the Braves are hungry… That is a lot of money to eat.

  5. frenchysplatediscipline - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    In other news, Lowe stated that if the Braves cut him he will be looking to become a professional drag racer.

  6. amaninwhite - Oct 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Though he might be the closer that the Braves turn to after Kimbrel and Venters both receive Tommy John surgery next year.

    • bravesman1983 - Oct 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Venters has already had TJ . . . but I’m sure you already knew that.

      • amaninwhite - Oct 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        It is possible to have multiple TJ surgeries during a career…but I’m sure you also knew that.

  7. rtratlanta13 - Oct 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    I hate Derek Lowe get out of Atlanta now

  8. foreverchipper10 - Oct 3, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Lowe and behold!

  9. granted42 - Oct 3, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Now he has the chance to lead the league in blown saves.

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