Derek Lowe: Red Sox have “plenty of ammo” in pitching staff


Former Red Sox hurler Derek Lowe is down in Fort Myers, overseeing Spring Training with the Sox staff. Lowe, according to CSNNE’s Sean McAdam, is in discussions with the Red Sox regarding a part-time Minor League instructor position.

However, Lowe talked with recently about the organization’s Major League pitchers, not the Minors-Leaguers. Boston has been the center of some criticism from MLB experts, who bash the Red Sox for not having an “ace”.

Lowe, on the other hand, thinks the Red Sox will be fine without a standard “ace” of the rotation:

"“If people look at my career, was I an ace? Absolutely not, but I pitched I think six opening days… there’s only so many true aces… OK, they many not have the No. 1, but how many teams really do?” Lowe told“This organization has given themselves plenty of ammo to go out there an have success this year. They trust in the guys they got and they’re very capable of going out and having success.”"

Lowe also argues that the “same-stuff” Sox pitching staff won’t pose a problem come game time.

"“In an ideal world, yeah, you’d like a knuckleballer, or a lefty thrown in there,” Lowe said to McAdam. “But if you look at their styles…Justin throws more three-quarters [with his delivery], Porcello, I’d say, is more of a prototypical sinkerballer, [Kelly] throws a lot harder than the other guys. So again, would you want five guys who all throw kind of the same? Maybe not.”"

Questions surrounding the Red Sox pitching staff will begin to reveal answers soon, as the team prepares for Spring Training action, and baseball season itches it’s way closer.

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