Nearly everything about Derek Lowe suggests that the 39-year-old is running on fumes. Except, of course, the two things that may matter most -- his ERA and his record.
Lowe leads the team in wins (7) and ERA (3.06) even though his peripheral stats tell a different story. He has the second-worst strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate in the American League (2.66), as well as the AL's tenth-worst WHIP (1.46). But for whatever reason it hasn't seemed to matter. After getting knocked around for eight earned runs on May 26, he bounced back with a 6.2-inning, one-run performance on June 1.
The Indians have moved to within 0.5 games of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central, and 5.5 games ahead of third-place Detroit.
First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 1:05 Eastern.