Kyle Lohse‘s season started out in a masterful way and he has kept up that dominance all year. On Opening Night, Lohse took the mound in Miami facing the re-branded Miami Marlins. Lohse proceeded to ruin the night for the Marlins by carrying a no-hitter into the 7th inning. From there he has not looked back and should be mentioned as a possible Cy Young candidate.
Lohse started his career as a Minnesota Twin and was a serviceable 4th starter for the Twins, Reds, and Phillies before ultimately joining the Cardinals in 2008 as a free agent. Under the tutelage of Cards pitching coach Dave Duncan, Lohse started to pitch as an above average 3rd starter. Following Duncan’s departure from the team this offseason, there were concerns that Lohse would revert to the mediocre pitcher he was before joining the Cardinals. Lohse has silenced all of his critics as of his performance against the Diamondbacks on August 16th, Lohse is 12-2 with a career best 2.61 ERA. His opponents batting average against and WHIP are also at career lows as of this date, at .242 and 1.11 respectively. While everyone talks about R.A Dickey and Johnny Cueto as Cy Young Candidates, Lohse is rarely brought up in conversation and his performance warrants consideration for the award. Lohse has been the rock stabilizing a Cards rotation that has been devastated by injury (Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia) and inconsistency (Adam Wainwright). Lohse has gone deeper into games then last year. He’s started 5 less games than last year but has pitched only 16.1 fewer innings. His hits, runs, and walks are all down from last year as well.
Lohse has proven to be the most valuable pitcher on the Cardinals’ roster this season and should be considered for the NL Cy Young award. If Lohse can continue to pitch at this level the rest of the season and postseason, the Cardinals will have a much better shot at repeating as world champs.