The Numbers on Kyle Lohse


by Andrew Coughlin

Kyle Lohse joins the Milwaukee Brewers coming off a career year with division rival St. Louis.

Whether you think or thought Milwaukee could've gone into the season with a crop of young guys in the starting rotation is now irrelevant. The Brewers signed starting pitcher Kyle Lohse to a three year/$33 million deal and will be slotted behind Yovani Gallardo as the clubs No. 2 starter.

Lohse spent his first seven seasons with Minnesota, Cincinnati and Philadelphia before landing with St. Louis in 2008.  In those seven seasons, Lohse was an average pitcher at best with a combined ERA of 4.73.  In St. Louis, he thrived almost immediately presumably finding something with pitching coach Dave Duncan.  Duncan is renown for his reclamation projects, especially among starting pitchers. 

In his first year with St. Louis, Lohse went 15-6 with a 3.78 ERA and 200.0 IP.  Needless to say he settled in right away with Duncan and former manager Tony LaRussa.  In five seasons with the Cardinals he was a combined 55-35 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  He doesn't strike out a ton of guys and his velocity has fallen over the years, but he doesn't walk a lot of guys and is a ground ball pitcher; a nice fit for the confines of HR friendly Miller Park.

Granted, 2012 was undeniably his best season.  Lohse posted career best numbers in wins(16), losses(3), ERA(2.86), winning% (.842), IP(211.0), strikeouts(143) and WHIP(1.09).  He also finished 6th in the NL Cy Young voting.

There's no denying his numbers with the Cardinals and whatever he found with Dave Duncan he'll bring with him to Milwaukee; he's not going to get a sudden case of amnesia.  The odds of Lohse having a repeat season of last year are pretty low, but one thing is clear: Milwaukee's starting rotation instantly got a little more experience and hopefully a little better heading into a 2013 season in which fans expect the Brewers to compete for a division title.


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