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Lowe To Go Opening Day - Alvarez Next?
2005-03-16
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

So much for my logic. Derek Lowe will start Opening Day in San Francisco, with Jeff Weaver running third in the rotation and starting the home opener, according to this report by The Associated Press.

The article suggests that lefthander Odalis Perez will slot in the No. 2 spot to break up righties Lowe and Weaver. This news is ironic, considering today's revelation that this is a game Barry Bonds might plan on sitting out.

This scenario is still muddled, though. In order for Weaver to start the home opener in Los Angeles on April 12, Perez's spot in the rotation would have to be skipped, because there is an off day on the schedule April 11.

So perhaps the mystery lefty starting Game No. 2 will be ... Wilson Alvarez, who appears healthier than Perez, who doesn't have much of a platoon advantage facing lefthanders, and who could easily slip back into the bullpen for any length of time with that scheduled off day - or for good, once Brad Penny returns. It would also give Perez an extra two days to get himself ready for the regular season.

So perhaps it's going to be Perez fourth and Scott Erickson fifth?

If Erickson is simply adequate in 2005, what a boost that will be for the depth of the Dodger starting rotation. With Lowe, Perez, Weaver, Alvarez, Erickson and Penny, that would be six solid starting pitchers before you even consider people like prospect Edwin Jackson (who may work the kinks out yet) or inconsistent Kazuhisa Ishii.

Comments
2005-03-16 17:23:50
1.   Rich Lederer
Well, if Scott Erickson is solid this year, you can attribute it to the Jose Lima/Dodger Stadium effect and nothing more.

I look for Erickson's ERA to be north of 5.00 on the road. Tracy may try to work him into the rotation more at Dodger Stadium (as he did with Lima last year), but that will only serve to inflate the rest of the starting staff's ERA as Lowe, Weaver, Perez, and Company are forced to make more starts on the road than at home.

2005-03-16 18:56:26
2.   Bob Timmermann
Scott Erickson is likely to be the first Dodgers pitcher to ever be a guest star on "Homicide: Life on the Street".

I suppose that Jeff Weaver starting the home opener will guarantee that somebody in the RF pavilion will get to take home a souvenir.

2005-03-16 19:16:21
3.   Dodgerkid
I'm thinking that Lowe's starting is McCourt influence, considering his love for the Red Sox.
2005-03-16 19:27:10
4.   Bob Timmermann
McCourt might love the Red Sox, but it probably helps a lot that the Red Sox are the defending world champions and it's not too shabby to have an important player from that team starting the opener.
2005-03-16 19:49:52
5.   Jim Hitchcock
Good point, Bob...but do you really think they have that kind of influence over Tracy's scheduling choices?
2005-03-16 20:05:16
6.   brendan glynn
Lowe is healthy, having the best spring and is the more accomplished pitcher(than weaver). Are you guys serious with the McCourt/Red Sox conversation or is my sarcasm meter off today?
2005-03-16 20:52:56
7.   Bob Timmermann
Everything makes more sense if you look at it logically.

But it's not nearly as much fun.

2005-03-16 21:48:53
8.   Rich Lederer
I think it comes down to the simple fact that Lowe has pitched more big games than Weaver during his career and is thought to be more capable of handling such an assignment.
2005-03-16 22:25:38
9.   Linkmeister
None of you guys seem to be taking Tracy at his word; he wants Weaver to pitch the home opener as a reward for his performance last year.
2005-03-17 03:07:39
10.   Langhorne
Now if we can just get Erickson to do some cheerleading on his off days we won't miss Lima at all. I wonder what his wife looks like.
2005-03-17 07:20:53
11.   mountainmover
DATELINE-VERO BEACH, FL

1. Navarro is too fat

2. Russ martin should be our starting C

3. Penny pitched very well yesterday (I watched the entire session) 93-95 MPH and a nasty curve

4. Odalis Perez pitched well and is in great shape

5. Kent is in fantastic shape

I'll write more later. I have about 70 digital photos.

2005-03-17 11:51:45
12.   Icaros
Langhorne,

Erickson's wife is TV's Lisa Guerrero. I think at least a few people find her attractive.

2005-03-17 11:53:53
13.   Jose Habib
Erickson's wife is hot, dude.

http://www.karmaproductions.net/lisaguerrero/fhm-maxim.html

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