Holliday and Lohse Proving a Flawed System?

Sam McIntoshCorrespondent IMay 23, 2010

Matt Holliday and Kyle Lohse continue to struggle through the season with ugly numbers and a fat wallet. The two seemingly can go hand-in-hand nowadays. 

For years the salaries of athletes have gone through the roof. With the lack of a salary cap, baseball wages have been the biggest of all. 

In 2008 Right-Handed pitcher Kyle Lohse signed a 4-year, $41 million contract. This season he will earn $9.17 million. Matt Holliday signed a 7-year, $120 million contract this past off-season. He will earn $16.34 million this season. 

Through 45 games, Holliday has just five home runs (hitting his first since April 19 yesterday), 18 RBI and 25 strikeouts while only drawing 12 walks. This guy is paid to provide power and drive in runs. Something he simply is not doing. 

Lohse has won 4 of his last 27 starts dating back to last season. He has won 15 percent of the last 27 games he has started for the Cardinals. If that isn't a lack of production, especially for the value, I don't know what is. 

Lohse is 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA this season while striking out 25 batters in 47.1 innings pitched. Hardly the numbers of a man who earns $9.17 million this year. 

Both Lohse and Holliday are only 2 of the many MLB players who are paid huge contracts and show a diminish in production. Hopefully for the Cardinals sake, they can both get out of their funk and help the NL Central favorites to another division title. 

Holliday's numbers are likely to increase as his average and OBP haven't been horrible. Lohse, however, is beginning to look like another failed attempt at a large contract. With Brad Penny headed to the DL, he better step up his game, and fast.