We don't need a 5th starter until Aug. 18th vs. the Giants. Let him rest and tweak some things in the pen. I know there are a lot of faithful who want to hold on to what Lowe did down the stretch last year, and yes it was impressive. He put the Braves on his back. HOWEVER, he had a bone ship issue in his elbow that allowed Minor to pitch a little more and we gave Lowe a much needed rest in August.
Same needs to happen now. He looks tired, his pitches aren't sharp, and his sinkers are either out of the zone, or sinking middle of the plate. I believe he can be very valuable in October, but we have to get there 1st, and the rate he is going, Lowe is costing us games. Freddi says he wants to let him work through it...I agree. Just let him work through it in the pen until Aug. 18th!
37 year old pitchers need to be protected just as young pitchers do against throwing excessive innings.