Cox at least thinking about using Huddy and Lowe on short rest
Braves manager Bobby confirmed that he is at least thinking about the possibility of using some of his veteran starters on short rest during the season’s final week.
This could certainly have an adverse effect on how Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe would fare in the postseason. But as his club entered Saturday staring at a half-game deficit in the Wild Card standings and facing the reality that Jair Jurrjens likely won’t be available for more than a week, Cox simply has to find a way to get to the playoffs.
“You’ve got to start thinking that way,” Cox said.
The Braves could send Tommy Hanson to the mound with regular rest during Monday’s series opener against the Marlins. Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe could then be asked to pitch the final two games on short rest. <p>
Lowe has gone 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA in the four regular season starts he has made with three days of rest. He pitched effectively in three of his four outings. But while making his most recent attempt on May 18, 2008, he allowed the Angels 10 hits and seven earned runs in five innings. <p>
Hudson has proven more successful, going 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in the three regular season starts he has made with one fewer than the normal four days of rest. He tossed eight scoreless innings while making his May 24, 2005 start against the Mets on short rest and found similar success while limiting the Marlins to one run in seven innings on Sept. 17, 2006. <p>
Hudson’s only other start on short rest occurred July 18, 2006, when he limited the Cardinals to one run through the first five innings and then allowed them to tally four runs in the sixth inning. <p>