I admit it. I am among the many who have consistently under-appreciated St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse.
The right-hander again delivered on an important stage on Monday night. In the big series opener at Pittsburgh, he picked up his 14th win of the season. Lohse was artificially limited to five innings by a 34-minute rain delay followed by manager Mike Matheny‘s decision not to bring him back out. Lohse was scored upon only in the fourth inning, when the Pirates plated two runs on four singles and a sacrifice fly.
Because of the shortened outing, Lohse missed a chance for his 21st quality start in 27 outings this season. His rate of going at least six innings while allowing three or fewer runs is still best on a staff that includes ace Adam Wainwright.
Lohse’s 14 wins tie him for sixth in the National League. Three pitchers have 16. His .875 winning percentage, based on his 14-2 record, is far better than the next-best NL hurler. (The Mets’ R.A. Dickey is second...