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Time is running out on Kyle Lohse’s tenure in Milwaukee. He is in the final year of a three year, $33 million contract.
The Brewers stagger into Busch Stadium with a 17 34 record. They are already 16 1/2 games back of the Cardinals. They will be selling off talent this summer, creating an opportunity for veterans like Lohse to finish their season in a more uplifting atmosphere.
But then again, Lohse will need to pitch a lot better to draw interest from other teams. The former Cardinal has posted a 6.50 earned run average in 11 starts.
He allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last start, Saturday at Miller Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s as if Lohse is feeling the full weight of his team’s epic collapse.
“He’s not the aggressor right now,” manager Craig Counsell told reporters in Milwaukee. “It’s like he’s playing defense the whole game.”
Last year Lohse was Lohse, going 13 9 with a 3.54 ERA. It seems reasonable to assume he could regain that form in a more constructive environment.
In the meantime, though, Lohse has to dig in and reverse his fortune under tough circumstances.
“I had four or five starts there that were either good or felt like they were really close to being good, and then you take a huge step backwards today with a lack of command and not getting ahead of guys,” Lohse told reporters Saturday. “It was pretty much doing the opposite of everything that makes me successful.”
Getting refocused isn’t easy with the team losing game after game. The downturn started last September and it became a free fall this season, costing manager Ron Roenicke his job.
“We’ve been in a really tough stretch here,” Lohse said. “Put it on myself, the starters. We have to get it done better. We have to give the team a better chance. I didn’t really give us much of a chance today. We have to do the little things we normally do and try to get things going back the right way.”
The Cardinals ought to keep an eye on him. Sooner or later they will need another starting pitcher to get through the summer and Lohse could become a worthy project. The short version, extrapolated from the charges: If you want FIFA to do anything, you need votes on the executive committee, and if you want votes on the executive committee, you had better use diamond encrusted crocodile leather forthe cash stuffed bags you give the committee members as sincere tokens of regard when you greet them at the airport. The Justice Department’s investigation concentrates on more than $150 million in alleged bribes surrounding the awarding of broadcast rights; it’s not a wild leap to conclude that other branches of the organization’s business say, deciding which country gets to host the World Cup, or which puffy eel gets to be FIFA president run on pretty much the same rails.”
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