|Milwaukee Brewers – No. 26|
October 4, 1978 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 22, 2001 for the Minnesota Twins|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.35|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kyle Matthew Lohse (//; born October 4, 1978) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball. He has pitched in MLB for the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals.
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.
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.
2002 was Lohse's first full year as a starter, when 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 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.
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 non-decisions due to late offensive rallies by the Phillies lineup. His ERA as a Phillie swelled to 4.72, and he averaged fewer than 6 innings pitched per start.
St. Louis Cardinals
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: however, 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.
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.
Lohse was named the Cardinals' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2012. In that game, Lohse didn't give up a hit until the 7th inning, when José Reyes hit a single to right field. In total, Lohse threw 7 1⁄3 innings, giving up 2 hits while allowing 1 run and striking out 3. Thus, Lohse became the first ever pitcher to earn a win at the new Marlins Park.
His 16-3 won-lost record for 2012 led the National League in winning percentage, at .842, among eligible pitchers.
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 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 aberrational.
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 that is headlined by himself, Garza, and Yovani Gallardo.
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 all the way until he began pitching with the Cardinals, his primary fastball was a normal four seam fastball sitting in the low 90s. After signing with St.Louis and under the tutelage of Dave Duncan, Lohse started using a two-seamer. His two-seamer is 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's not a major strikeout pitcher, but in 2012 he set a new career high in strikeouts with 143 in 211 innings, giving him a K/9 of 6.1, while only walking 1.6 batters per nine innings.
Lohse is a member of the Nomlaki tribe, based in northern California. In 2008, Lohse, who is one of just three Native American players in Major League Baseball, was featured in an exhibit called "Baseball's League of Nations: A Tribute to Native Americans In Baseball", at the Iroquois Indian Museum in New York.
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.
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- Joe Strauss (March 13, 2008). "Lohse agrees to one-year deal with Cards". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
- Matthew Leach (September 29, 2008). "Lohse, Cards agree to four-year deal". St. Louis Cardinals.MLB.com. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
- 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).
- Langosch, Jennifer (April 4, 2012). "Lohse masterful as Cards open season with win". MLB.com.
- Who's Who In Baseball, 2013 edition, Pete Palmer, editor, published by Who's Who In Baseball, New York, Kyle Lohse statistical summary
- Mallozzi, Vincent M. "The American Indians of America’s Pastime", The New York Times, published June 8, 2008, accessed June 10, 2008.
- "The Outstanding Alumni Award," Butte College Foundation website. Accessed Oct. 16, 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Lohse player profile page at stlcardinals.scout.com