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zEli173 wrote:I'm expecting a VERY good season from him. It's hard to tell with Lowe how he'll react to pressure, sometimes its a big motivator sometimes it's been a problem. But ever since the season he spent as closer he's generally done quite well under pressure. In fact, although he's a guy known for wearing his heart on his sleeve and letting that affect him, he's had some of the most clutch performaces by of any Red Sox since 1998 (incredible relief against Cleveland in the 1998 ALDS, no hitter against the D-Rays in 2002, huge situational pitching against the A's in last years ALDS).
More important than his pysche is how terrific a spring he's having. He's throwing the ball great and the results have been awesome. I really think he could get off to a start near what he did two years ago. When his sinker is really moving and he's getting ahead in the count, as has been the case this spring, hitters have virtually no chance to do anything but pound the ball into the ground. It doesn't matter if your Alex Rodriguez or Crash Davis.
As a ground ball pitcher his success depends on chance more than other pitchers. Two years ago nearly everything broke his way. Last year he was not as sharp, but he also rarely caught any breaks. Consider that, and consider that when Nomar is back (please let it be only a month) the Red Sox will have a ton of range up the middle with him and Pokey Reese.
The odds of the AL MVP coming from the American League are looking pretty good.
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