In 2010 Kyle Lohse’s last named was reimagined as a derogatory verb on this site. As in “The Cardinals were doing pretty good, then they got Loshe’d all over their FACES.” Stricken with a dirt bike forearm injury for most of the season, we were steamrolling towards the single worst contract in St. Louis baseball history. 44 million dollars for 10 wins through 2 years and a 5.64 ERA?
Thank you, sir. May I have another. Two. Years. DEAR GOD > WHYYYYY!!!!
Through 9 starts in 2011, though, Lohse is working off a 2.17 ERA and has more wins (5) than he did in all of 2010. Even better, his patented sixth inning meltdown seems to have abated allowing him to go 7 1/3 innings per start.
Much more in line with the 11m/per year that he’s drawing from your pocketbook, right?
At the quarter pole of the baseball season, there is no such thing as certainty. Seeing Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman both exit last night’s tilt with injuries bears this out. But I think we can all reasonably say that Kyle Lohse has been one of the more underrated and pleasant surprises the Cardinals have had in 2011. Some may even say that his steady pitching is the biggest reason the Cardinals are in a virtual tie for first place in the NL Central.
So here’s a Q1 hat tip to the whipping boy of 2011. You took your licks last season on this site, Kyle Lohse. And we’re happy to have you positively contributing to the collective mood of the STL area.