Time with Dodgers: 2005-2008
Stats: 54-48, 3.59 ERA, 850 1⁄3 IP, 563 SO, 120 ERA+, 3.77 FIP, 1.23 WHIP
Awards: NL Pitcher of the Month (August, 2006)
Baseball Reference WAR: 13.2
FanGraphs WAR: 14.6
Combined WAR: 13.9
Kicking off our countdown for the greatest Dodgers of all-time is Derek Lowe. In January of 2005, the then 31-year-old Lowe signed a four-year deal with Los Angeles for $36 million.
During his time with the Dodgers, Lowe was an absolute workhorse. He made 135 starts, tied for the second most in baseball during 2005-2008. He made at least 32 starts all four seasons, and led the league with 35 starts in 2005 and 34 in 2008. In addition to consistently making starts for LA, Lowe would eat innings as well. He pitched over 200 innings in three of the four years, and was eighth in the majors with 850 1⁄3 innings pitched during his four seasons.
He was named the National League “Pitcher of the Month” in August of 2006. During that month, Lowe went 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA. He had 21 strikeouts compared to only three walks, while opponents only hit .200 against him.
While with the Dodgers, Lowe made three consecutive Opening Day starts from 2005 through 2007. Since 1970, he’s one of five Dodgers to start three consecutive Opening Days, joining Don Sutton, Fernando Valenzuela, Ramon Martinez and Clayton Kershaw.
Lowe is one of 42 pitchers to record 135 starts for the Dodgers. His ERA of 3.59 ranks 32nd, his 3.77 FIP ranks 30th, his strikeout percentage of 16% ranks 16th and his ERA+ of 120 ranks eighth.
At the end of the 2008 season, Lowe signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Braves.