soxfan364 wrote:Derek Lowe won his seventh straight decision as the Dodgers beat the Rockies to maintain a one-game lead in the NL wild-card race.
Letting Pedro go seems to have been a good move by Theo, but losing Lowe doesn't look so good right now when you compare him to Beckett and Matt Clement.
Do you really think Lowe would be putting up the same stats in the AL East pitching half his games in Fenway?
It always gets me when people say stuff like Arroyo or Lowe would be doing anywhere near as well as they are now if they were still on the Sox. That just isn't so. It seems like if a guy goes to the AL he is expected to do worse but when a pitcher goes to the NL and improves, as everyone expects him to with the league and division change, the team that let him go made a mistake. Going from the AL east to the NL SHOULD result in great improvement.
The problem the Red Sox are having is that they keep picking up 'decent' young pitchers from the NL with very little track record of success and expecting them to improve and thrive in the AL east.