From Micklasz’s article:
“Lohse had a relatively low strikeout rate, which means he relied on his defense, which made the so-called luck factor more essential to his success. But if you want to talk about luck, I saw mostly hard luck for Lohse. He had 24 quality starts in his 33 starting assignments and didn’t get the run support necessary to pad his victory total. Lohse ranked 24th among 46 NL starters in run-support average.”
There is no doubt that Lohse was terrific this season. As Micklasz writes, he had to overcome much adversity, particularly because of how many pitching injuries the team suffered throughout the season. Lohse went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 2012, but he failed to be superb in many statistical categories. He finished seventh in innings pitched, a very highly valued category. He was also 33rd in strikeouts, with 143. Though he didn’t allow that many runs, he just didn’t have the same type of dominance that guys like R.A. Dickey, Clayton Kershaw, and Gio Gonzalez had.