Monday, February 19, 2007

Gurnick Sweet on Lowe as ODP

From "Notes: Signs point to Lowe for openers: Dodgers have yet to formally announce their first starter" by Ken Gurnick at

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- It sounds like Derek Lowe will again be the Dodgers' Opening Day starter, even if it sounds like Lowe might choose someone else.

"You do what's best for the team, and when you have two hard throwers, you might want the sinkerball pitcher between them," he said. "I'm just throwing it out there."

Grady Little, who will make the decision, threw it back.

"I don't think that's all that important," he said. "It doesn't make much difference to me. You could have [hard throwers] back to back and they might be facing different teams."

Little chose Lowe for the opener last year, and he'll probably do it again, even with the addition of Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf to the rotation. Little might follow Lowe with Brad Penny because it would put Penny in line to pitch April 19 at Coors Field. Penny was 5-0 against the Rockies last year and 2-0 in Denver.