Found December 21, 2012 on Cardinals Diaspora:
A funny thing happened on the way to 2013...  A couple of years ago, this site, amongst others, were debating if Kyle Lohse was locked in to the worst contract in St. Louis Cardinals history.  Yes, there had be previously bad players on the Cardinals, but we weren't sure if one had been so bad for so MUCH. Money, that is. Because Mr. Lohse was getting roughly 11 million dollars per year to phumpher around every fifth day on the mound and get shelled. His (few) supporters pointed out that this forearm injury he had suffered was the root of the decline. We weren't so sure. 2011 happened. 14/8 188+ IP & 3.39 ERA. Nothing to write Cy Young about, but a very solid year for what turned out to be a championship season.  I think we all kind of knew where 2012 was headed. Big year. Big free agent. Big BU-BYE. Lohse delivered. 16/3 211 IP & 2.86 ERA. That freaking guy had an NBA-ish walk year. Couple it with the fact that he's represented by S...

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