Kyle Lohse

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Kyle Lohse
Kyle Lohse Brewers.jpg
Lohse with the Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 26
Starting pitcher
Born: (1978-10-04) October 4, 1978 (age 36)
Chico, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 22, 2001 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 142–128
Earned run average 4.28
Strikeouts 1,504
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • World Series champion (2011)
  • 8x Perfect Fielding Percentage (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Led NL in Winning Percentage (2012)

Kyle Matthew Lohse (/ˈlʃ/; born October 4, 1978) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has pitched for the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals.

Lohse is a member of the Nomlaki tribe. As of 2014, he was one of only three active non-Hispanic Native American players in MLB, with the others being Joba Chamberlain of the Detroit Tigers and Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kyle was raised in Ord Bend, California, and attended nearby Hamilton Union High School in Hamilton City, California. Lohse followed in the footsteps of his parents, Larry and Leslie, who were both star athletes when they attended the same high school in the 1970s. He played basketball, baseball, and football. While playing baseball, he was an All-Conference pick in all four years of high school. He was also on the Honor Roll and took several advanced classes. He graduated in 1996.

After high school, Lohse attended Butte College.

Major leagues[edit]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

The Chicago Cubs selected Lohse in the 29th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. In 1999, the Cubs traded Lohse with Jason Ryan to the Minnesota Twins for Rick Aguilera and Scott Downs. Lohse made his MLB debut with the Twins on June 22, 2001.

In 2002, Lohse's first full year as a starter, he posted a 13–8 record with an ERA of 4.23. He followed that with success in 2003, starting 33 games and going 14–11 with a 4.61 ERA. In 2004, he did not fare as well, going 9–13 with a 5.34 ERA. Lohse has been to one ALCS, with the Twins in 2002.

On May 17, 2006, he was sent down to AAA Rochester, and the Twins called up replacement pitcher Boof Bonser. On June 9, Matt Guerrier broke his thumb and Lohse was recalled.

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On July 31, 2006, Lohse was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for minor-league pitcher Zach Ward. Lohse made his first start for the Reds on August 17, 2006.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On July 30, 2007, Lohse was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor-league pitcher Matt Maloney. After his departure from the Reds, Lohse's performance dropped off slightly, and in 11 starts with the Phillies, Lohse went 3–0, receiving a large number of no-decisions due to late offensive rallies by the Phillies lineup. His ERA for the Phillies swelled to 4.72,[2] and he averaged fewer than six innings pitched per start.

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On March 14, 2008, Lohse signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals[3] worth $4.25 million.[4]

Lohse was one of the biggest surprises for the Cardinals in the first half of the 2008 season, going 11–2 with a 3.39 ERA. He was later suspended for five games for throwing at Reds' pitcher Edinson Volquez. Lohse appealed the ruling and pitched as he awaited a decision on his appeal, but Lohse eventually dropped his appeal and served his suspension in full.

Lohse and the Cardinals agreed to a four-year, $41-million contract extension on September 29, 2008.[5]

On April 17, 2010, in a 20-inning game against the New York Mets, Lohse entered the game playing left field in the 18th inning while shortstop Felipe López pitched.

On August 28, 2011, Lohse won his 100th game as a pitcher when the Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7–4. That year, he led the Cardinals with 14 wins and a 3.39 ERA.[6]

Lohse was named the Cardinals' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2012.[6] In that game, Lohse did not give up a hit until the seventh inning, when José Reyes hit a single to right field. In total, Lohse threw 7 13 innings, giving up two hits while allowing one run and striking out three. Thus, Lohse became the first pitcher to earn a win at the new Marlins Park.[7]

His 16-3 won-lost record for 2012 led the National League in winning percentage, at .842, among eligible pitchers.[8]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On March 25, 2013, it was confirmed that Kyle Lohse signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[9] Despite moving to one of the most hitter-friendly parks in Miller Park to pitch with Milwaukee, Lohse continued to pitch well. In his first season with the Brewers, Lohse went 11-10 with a 3.35 ERA over the course of 198 innings pitched, emerging as the team's most reliable starter. This helped to successfully alleviate the fears of fans that Lohse's recent success with the Cardinals was only an aberration.

With the addition of Matt Garza to Milwaukee's starting rotation prior to the 2014 season, Lohse looks to continue to be the steady, consistent leader of a starting rotation headlined by Garza, Yovani Gallardo, and him. Lohse's season in 2014 has been so far very successful. As of August 1, Lohse is 11-5 with a 3.07 ERA.

Pitching style[edit]

Lohse's arsenal features a two-seam fastball at 90-91 mph, a biting slider in the mid 80s, a downward-fading changeup in the low 80s, and a 12-6 curveball in the low-to-mid 70s. His slider is thrown harder than normal for a pitcher with his velocity and has a very tight break at the end, making it something of a hybrid between a cutter and a slider. At the beginning of his career, and until he began pitching with the Cardinals, his primary fastball was a normal four-seam fastball in the low 90s. After signing with St.Louis and under the tutelage of Dave Duncan, Lohse started using a two-seamer, a major reason for his development. Developing his two-seamer and refining his off-speed pitches, Lohse has become known as a very good command pitcher capable of inducing many ground-ball outs without walking many batters. He is not a major strikeout pitcher, but in 2012 set a new career high in strikeouts with 143 in 211 innings, giving him 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings, with only 1.6 walks.


During his career in Minnesota, Lohse dedicated himself to working with Cars for Courage, an organization that serves disabled children through sports programs and activities.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mallozzi, Vincent M. (June 8, 2008). "The American Indians of America's Pastime". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=lohseky01&t=p&year=2007
  3. ^ Matthew Leach (March 14, 2008). "Lohse signs contract with Cards". St. Louis Cardinals.MLB.com. Retrieved March 14, 2008. 
  4. ^ Joe Strauss (March 13, 2008). "Lohse agrees to one-year deal with Cards". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved March 13, 2008. 
  5. ^ Matthew Leach (September 29, 2008). "Lohse, Cards agree to four-year deal". St. Louis Cardinals.MLB.com. Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Langosch,Jenifer. "Lohse honored to give it his all in opener: Under the radar, veteran Cardinals right-hander had stellar '11," MLB.com (Apr. 3, 2012).
  7. ^ Langosch, Jennifer (April 4, 2012). "Lohse masterful as Cards open season with win". MLB.com. 
  8. ^ Who's Who In Baseball, 2013 edition, Pete Palmer, editor, published by Who's Who In Baseball, New York, Kyle Lohse statistical summary
  9. ^ http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/03/brewers-to-sign-kyle-lohse.html
  10. ^ "The Outstanding Alumni Award," Butte College Foundation website. Accessed Oct. 16, 2012.

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