Career consultants always say that it is the first impression that matters the most, and unfortunately Lowe’s first impression as a Blue Jay was disastrous. Called in to pitch the eighth inning with the Jays up 5-4, he got Alcides Escobar to fly out, but then gave up a home run, a double, a single, another single, and a sacrifice fly. Three runs and four hits put Lowe at the bottom of the heap: after that, he was mostly used in low-leverage situations or when everybody ahead of him was unavailable.
He did show greatly improved control in Toronto: in 19 innings, he only gave up one walk. This is far better than he had done before, which suggests that Pete Walker, the Jays’ pitching coach, told him to throw strikes.
He’s a free agent now, which marks the fourth consecutive year that he has had to find a new employer in the off-season. So far, he’s found one every time, and he won’t have to go through this again next year – he’ll be in Detroit, having signed a two-year deal.