Noah Lowry may have “The Thing”


Lowry’s name was tossed around this winter when the Yanks were supposedly shopping Hideki Matsui to San Fran, and while young and cheap lefthanders are highly desirable, it looks like the Yanks may have dodged a serious bullet. Here’s Lowry’s pitching line through two Spring Training outings:

2.1 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 12 BB, 1 K, 3 WP (at least 2 of which went to the screen)

“The Thing” is ugly. Steve Blass had it, Rick Ankiel famously had it, and a bunch of other guys through the years have had it. I truly hope Lowry’s just really, really rusty.

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  1. Greg G. says:

    Here’s to hoping it’s rust. No one should have to go through that.

  2. dan says:

    Jesus Mike, give us a warning first.

  3. Relaunch says:

    Yeah, it is his first spring outings. If this is happening at the end of the month, then the Giants should be concerned

  4. YankeeJosh says:

    It’s still early in spring and he could just be working on pitchers or working out the rust. I’ll keep an eye on it, but don’t think it’s a big deal on March 3.

  5. Ben K. says:

    Wait. Does that say 12 walks?

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  7. That’s great the Yankees didn’t get him. The Yankees are in good hands now.


    • Relaunch says:

      And you are basing that out of 2 spring training starts? Not saying he was ever great or will be great but you must then think Shelly Duncan will break Bonds HR record this year.

      • KW says:

        2 spring training starts yes, but did you read this?

        Setting an ominous tone, Lowry opened the game with a four-pitch walk to Ian Kinsler. He walked Jason Ellison on a 3-1 fastball that was 2 feet too high. He bounced a curveball for a wild pitch to Michael Young, then unleashed a fastball well up the screen – rebounding with such force that Kinsler wasn’t able to score from third. There would be five more walks in the inning, Lowry not getting close to a favorable count, and two more fastballs thrown off the screen – giving him five such embarrassments in two outings.

        This may or may not last, but this is terrible.

  8. Manimal says:

    I would still take him over Not-o-kei Igawa.

  9. EJ says:

    He couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

    Jesus Christ. I’ve never seen that many walks.

  10. RollignWave says:

    He must have had whatever Barry Zito was on…..

    BTW Mike , how about laying out some of your early thoughts on the bullpen candidates (how they looked so far), that would make much more sense then teh doom and gloom predictions on Melky Cabrera. which I don’t really understand. not that i think your perception on Cabrera is wrong. but i just don’t see why you need to bring it up in the way you guys did. he’s a young player that has shown some flashs but not yet really shown a ton. at his age anything could happen and while it’s ok to make some assumptions on where you think he’ll go. what’s the point of going on a campaign against him? it’s not like the Yankees are trying to lock him up or something.

    • Mike A. says:

      It’s still a little too early, and the only game I’ve seen was Sunday’s game against Philly. I’ll write something about how the relievers work in a week or two, when I get a chance to see them a bit more.

  11. Jamal G. says:

    I have to agree, ST on March 3rd or not, a 12:1 BB:K ratio makes one’s stomach turn.

  12. Mac says:

    Who’s the loser that he struck out? Anyone know? Was it looking or swinging?

  13. whozat says:

    It’s not that his control is kind of spotty…the guy’s throwing pitches back to the SCREEN. This isn’t normal spring rust…this really looks like something more worrying than that.

  14. iYankees says:

    that’s terrible for the kid. hopefully, it’s just a temporary mental thing.

  15. mko says:

    Here’s a story about Lowry:

  16. Rob_in_CT says:

    Poor guy.

    I didn’t want him long before this, though. Didn’t he have a 1:1 K/BB ratio last year? Somehow he got away with a ~4 ERA (hi there, NL West!), but that wasn’t likely to be the case again unless he made a dramatic improvement in control. It appears things may have gone the other way…

  17. Manhattan Matt says:

    Hey, less than a hit per inning…looks good to me.

  18. mko says:

    Seems to be an injury, so don’t give up hope on him yet ;-);c_id=mlb

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