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I remember when Kyle Lohse was an up-and-coming young right-hander out of Minnesota.
There were high expectations placed on his shoulders, and injuries have played a major factor in interrupting his consistency at the major league level.
Lohse put together a couple of impressive seasons, but his major problem has been his ability to repeat his success.
In 2002, his second year with the Twins, he went 13-8 and recorded a 4.23 ERA. As an encore, he won 14 games the next year and lost 11 while earning a 4.61 ERA.
Then, over the next four seasons, he played for three teams (the Twins, Reds and Phillies) and failed to win 10 games over the course of a season.
He reached nine wins in 2004, 2005 and 2007. However, he also failed to win more games than he lost.
Over those four years (’04-’07), he went 31-48 with a 4.99 ERA. In 2006, he won only five games, lost 10 and finished with his second-worst career ERA at 5.83.
Then, in 2008, his first season with the Cardinals, he won a career-high 15 games and only lost six decisions while earning a career-low, at the time, ERA of 3.78.
Over his next two seasons, he only won 10 games (4.74 and 6.55 ERA respectively), and then rebounded last year with 14 wins and a career-low 3.39 ERA.
Lohse is only 33 years old, but he is so up and down. Currently, he sports a 5-1 record with a 2.08 ERA, but I just do not see him being able to pitch as well as he did last season. He has only pitched well in back-to-back seasons one time in his career (’02-’03).