Derek Lowe tells the New York Post that while he understood that the Yankees signed him to be a reliever in 2012 and that he had no problem with that, he really wants to be a starter in 2013:
“I would like to start again,” the 39-year-old Lowe said of the role he filled for the Indians this season before being released. “I knew when I came here I was going to be a reliever. My first priority is to start.”
- Derek Lowe as a starter in 2012: 21 games, 8-10, 5.52 ERA, 119 IP, 156 hits allowed, 41 K, 45 BB, WHIP 1.689
- Derek Lowe as a reliever in 2012: 17 games, 1-1, 3.04 ERA, 23.2 IP, 24 hits allowed, 14 K, 6 BB, WHIP 1.268
Just sayin’ you should probably keep an open mind about things, Derek.
Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.
According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.
It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.
The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.