Milwaukee Brewers Grades: Kyle Lohse

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Kyle Lohse entered this season with a lot of hope. With Yovani Gallardo traded, Lohse began the year as the team’s opening day starter. But after a very successful spring, Lohse struggled to get going and eventually lost his job as a starter. After a dreadful season, here is a look at Lohse’s year in review.

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Lohse’s nightmare began on opening day, when he allowed eight earned runs to the Colorado Rockies in 3.1 innings of work. As the year progressed, it seemed like the only thing that you could guarantee in a Lohse start was that the opposition was going to hit a home run. Though he made nine less starts than last year, he still allowed a career high 29 homers, which was good enough for the worst mark in his entire career and sixth worst in baseball this past season.

Coming off back to back seasons in which he pitched 198.1 innings and kept his ERA in the low-to-mid threes, Lohse finished the year as one of the worst pitchers in the league. He not only finished the year going 5-13 with a 5.85 ERA. Things got so bad for him that he wasn’t even tradable as the trading deadline came and went.

Some of the only positives came from Lohse’s veteran presence. Instead of pouting after being sent to the ‘pen, Lohse put up better numbers. In his 15 outings as a reliever, Lohse put up a 3.81 ERA, much better than his 6.31 ERA numbers as a starter. By pitching in relief, Lohse was able to also pick up his first two saves of his 15 year career.

In all, this season was not at all the way that Brewers fans and Lohse wanted to see his Brewers’ career end.

Final Grade: D-

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