Pogotheostrich wrote:Kyle Lohse
Just caught that. Lohse has serious head problems. The only way I can see him helping a baseball team in Minnesota trying to challenge hitters with a 92 mph fastball would be if he signs with the St. Paul Saints in the Northern League (independent AA ball, Kevin Millar, Rey Ordonez, and Daryl Strawberry among others, so I guess it's not a total lost cause). He's constantly shaking his catcher off while getting bombed, gets in arguements with Gardenhire in the dugout over pitch selection, and then blames the offense for not getting equivical run support compared to the other Twins' starters. You can read that last gripe again if you'd like. Run support. As compared to Twins' starters. Yikes.
His curve looks good, has a very tight rotation, but he just won't throw the damn thing.
The indicators don't look good for Lohse either. His K/9 have gone down each of the past two seasons:
2002: 6.18 K/9, 1.77 K/BB, 1.39 WHIP
2003: 5.82 K/9, 2.89 K/BB, 1.27 WHIP
2004: 5.15 K/9, 1/46 K/BB, 1.53 WHIP
The only progress he seems to have made was cutting his walks allowed in half from 2002 to 2003, and then he completely relapsed in 2004, making 2003 look like the exception. Even still, none of those totals, 2003 included, are really great. They approach average, so I guess if you're in a 14 team AL League or a 30 team mixed league, he could be worth a little, but things don't look good.
For the Twins' sake, I hope Lohse realizes that he isn't going to succeed as a power pitcher at the major league level, because he's probably going to approach 200 innings again. If the Twins resign Radke, with Durbin, Balfour, and Baker all looking to start, 2005 will probably be Lohse's last chance to prove he belongs in the Twins' rotation.