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He's Done This Before

It should come as no surprise that Dodgers right-hander Derek Lowe was ready and willing to take tonight's starting assignment against the Phillies on three days' rest. In fact, he's already bettered that.

Back in 2004, when he last pitched in a League Championship Series, Lowe took the ball on just two days' rest for the Red Sox in Game 7 of the ALCS and he responded by allowing one run on one hit in six innings at Yankee Stadium. That effort helped Boston complete its historic comeback from an 0-3 series deficit and also translated into a four-year $36 million deal for Lowe, who became a free agent after the season.

Given his pending free agency again this year, I suspect that Lowe will provide a -- ahem -- money performance as the Dodgers tie the series and guarantee a sixth game in Philadelphia. Your thoughts?

By Tom Heleba  |  October 13, 2008; 9:35 AM ET
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Sounds good in theory. You may recall the last pitcher who threw at the Phils on short rest. "The most dominant pitcher in baseball", CC Sabathia, was rocked and didn't last 5 innings. I would expect a similar game plan from the Phils - be patient and get his pitch count up. I would also hope the hitters make some adjustments against his sinker.
Also, beware, Ryan Howard has appeared to have fixed his swing. If he gets going, the Dodgers should be scared.
Blanton with plenty of rest should be effective against an LA team who has not seen him very often, if ever. Philly wins tonight.

Posted by: PhilliePhan | October 13, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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