Oct 22, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of game seven of the 2012 NLCS at AT

Thin Is Not In When It Comes To Pitching: The Case For Kyle Lohse

Coventional – hell even unconventional – wisdom dictates that Boston must secure more starting pitching as they now ready themselves to vault into spring training. With almost all big league clubs opening in Florida or Arizona with seven to eight potential starters, Boston’s got five — John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Felix Dubront and Ryan Dempster (with Kalish, Dempster and Sweeny on the club, does Boston really need one more Ryan?).

Spot starter turned head case Alfredo Aceves is decidedly not the answer. The best John Farrell and Juan Nieves can do with Aceves is set him straight from the start and allow him to excel and what he’s very good at – middle relief and spot set up roles.

Franklin Morales started a few games for the Sox when the injury plague struck and was decent for a time but then fizzled. Again, he’s much better suited to that lefty bullpen status.

Ben Cherington and company must get busy and part with some of the very well managed cash left over from the Dodgers windfall.

There has been a cargo ship load of words written about Kyle Lohse in the offseason. Allow me to cut to the chase. After a sparkling 16-3, 2.86 ERA 2012 season the 34-year old the Cardinals’ pitcher is still hanging around in free agency limbo.

Do you? Don’t you? You do! Pull the trigger and get Lohse.

He’s coming off back-to-back strong seasons (he was 14-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 2011). He’s currently making just south of $12 million with the Cards so can easily fit within Boston’s salary structure and can be an innings eater (211 and 188 innings pitched in 2012 and 2011 respectively).

In addition to Lohse, the Sox will need to secure at least one more quality starter before they can deem the club ready to start sorting out their options as spring training approaches. Take the first step and move on Lohse before spring training. If not, another club is sure to scarf him up.


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  • John Fahrer

    Wouldn’t mind bringing in Lohse if he A. Wasn’t asking for so much money and B. Didn’t cost the club a draft pick.

    With the exception of the last couple of seasons, Lohse has been a pretty mediocre pitcher. His last stint in the AL was pretty forgettable. Just seems like one of those Cardinals project pitchers who only works out for them.

    There’s other veterans they could bring in at a lower price tag: Roy Oswalt, Javy Vasquez, Brandon Webb, or maybe Ben Sheets or Justin Duchscherer.

    Even if they don’t, the depth is better than last season with the influx of prospects. We have guys establishing their future rather than trying to recapture the past.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1842273719 Aryan von Eicken

      Brandon Webb hasn´t pitched in a game in three years and Justin Duchscherer hasn´t pitched in two years. Ben Sheets can´t stay healthy. Oswalt was just absolutely terrible in the few games he did have before injury. Vasquez might be a decent pick up but based on what he had shown with the Yankees he might be like Melancon and just can´t deal with the pressure of playing in a big baseball town. Lohse is a good pitcher. The name that really bugs me is John Lackey. I can´t believe Epstein ever made that deal. I mean Lackey never was dominant top-notch pitcher to me. He was good for most of his years with the angels but not worth the money he got, especially after his last year with the angels was one of his worst. Since he has been in Boston he has just been a waste of money. His first year was still solid even though straight away is K/BB ration dropped to a career low and his opposing batting average was .001 away from tying his career high. Obviously 2011 was just awful and he didn´t pitch a major league pitch in 2012. Unless Farrell gets some miraculous turn around out of him I don´t think he deserves a starting spot no matter how much money we are paying him

      • John Fahrer

        Curious to see how Lackey does after Tommy John. If he can provide 180-200 innings with a decent ERA and wins 12-15 games, I’ll take it. Yeah he’s being paid a ton, but that needs to be taken up with Epstein, who many Cherington critics are probably asking the Pope to canonize.

        I’m well aware of the durability risks and/or ineffectiveness in the AL East for those guys. But we’re talking about one or two guys to stash away in Triple A, not somebody to start the year in the rotation. I personally would be fine with them going as is. We actually have prospects as backup plans rather than minor league free agents and oft-injured fifth starters.

        • stephenepeterson

          If we are to believe that Lackey was indeed hurt when he came to Boston and spent the next two years running on fumes as marched inexorably toward surgery, he just may – as many pitchers have in the 2000s – be better when he comes back from Tommy John surgery. This year is pivotal and we’ll probably know early on if he’s got any gas left in the tank. since he’s had a full 18 month recovery.

  • Michael Macaulay-Birks

    maybe this is the year former #6 pick Andrew Miller gets past the yips or De larosa or Webster shines in spring training?

    • John Fahrer

      Miller’s probably 100% focused on being a reliever going forward. DeLaRosa will be one of the first in line to be up with the big club should somebody go down with an injury. Webster should be up at some point as well, but they’ll probably want him to get acquainted with the Triple A level first.