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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Lohse speaks

Kyle Lohse spoke to Philly pool reporter Paul Hagen:

What are your emotions right now? “I'm a little excited, happy to be going to a team in the race. But I’m disappointed we couldn’t get it done here. So it's a little bit of mixed emotions.”

Have you pitched better than your numbers would indicate? “I feel that way, but my numbers are what they are. I just try to go out there and give my team the best possible chance to win. I had a couple bad games here and there that kind of skewed the numbers.”

Did you suffer from a lack of run support? “That's probably pretty fair to say. I'm not big on using those things as an excuse, though. I just happen to be one of those guys that seems to happen to. But I'm not trying to put any blame on my teammates.”

So does it at least make you feel a little better to be coming to the team that leads the National League in runs scored? “That's always a good thing for a starting pitcher to hear.”

Sometimes when a pitcher doesn’t get a lot of runs he tries to be too fine: “That's something that happened to me throughout my career. You have some hard luck and then you make things worse because you're trying to be too perfect. ButI feel like I've done a better job of not doing that this year.”


12 Comments:

at 7:26 PM Anonymous Allan said...

I laughed out loud when Lohse said in spring training that he was open to a long term contract. He was here what he was in Minnesota, a head case .500 or worse pitcher. Lack of run support is laughable too, as I dont remember him losing many 1-0 games.

At his age, a player needs to either be making progress every year as Harang has, or you figure he has peaked. Lohse has made zero progress despite his "stuff". I say good riddance.

 
at 7:44 PM Blogger Steven said...

Lack of run support? What a joker. I saw him get schlacked against Seattle. A little run support would not have even helped him. Harang and Arroyo are the only ones that can complain about run support.

 
at 8:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an excellent pickup for the Reds considering Lohse's inconsistency and free-agent status. The Phillies are stacked with pitching prospects as 6 of their top 9 prospects are pitchers (the ninth being Maloney). But just to see how major-league ready he might be, check out this article from last week about his possible call-up:

"In five June starts, Maloney has three wins, 30 strikeouts and a 2.51 ERA, a run he attributes to better fastball command."

http://readingeagle.com/Article.aspx?id=47450

This guy about the equivalent of Cueto with regard to major-league readiness. Nice trade but with all the innings he's pitched I say back him down until next year.

 
at 11:17 PM Blogger Sam B in ZV said...

How a guy can have a sub-2.60 ERA in GABP and three runs worse in more hitter-friendly parks is beyond any sort of logic I can come up with. And while it's always easy to beat up on a pitcher who can't get guys out consistently, he deserves credit for pitching better over the final month prior to his trade. Lohse is talented and tested. Don't be surprised if someday he puts the whole package together.

 
at 12:36 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like it or not, Lohse was arguably the second best pitcher on the team this season. He gave up 74 runs as Bronson has in almost as many innings. He has the second most wins on the team, where everyones beloved Bronson has 2 fewer wins, 1 fewer complete game and 1 fewer shutout. Say what you want about him complaining, but that's how bad our staff is. When he is arguably the second best pitcher on the staff, what does that say?

Bronson is making absolutely no progress this year except being paid more. If this team was in the hunt, you'd hear about Harang and the Cy Young.

I'm sorry to see Lohse go, at least with him, it was either a blow out or a 1 or 2 run game. Wouldn't you be happy to get out of Cincinnat with the season they're having?

 
at 2:23 AM Anonymous George Hale said...

Lohse was inconsistent. That's a start. Next: Griffey to the American League for more pitching. Why? He is a career of inconsistency and underachieving. Don't care about the home town, his Father, or the smile. This year he's showing up almost every day. It won't last, though the move to right field puts off the inevitable. He's perennially out-of-shape and injured, which is the only reason injuries of his nature occur. Act while you can. He's overpaid. Comparatively speaking Dunn's not. Keep him.

 
at 2:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't look it up but I know earlier in the year he was in the top 5 of pitchers who get little to no run support.


Harang gets so much run support it's ridiculous. Something like an average of 7 runs a game.

 
at 6:40 AM Anonymous PaulS said...

Did Lohse actually say he was a victim of poor run support? Or was he baited with the question? As I read it, the reporter asked Lohse the question.

 
at 12:42 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

"Next: Griffey to the American League for more pitching. Why? He is a career of inconsistency and underachieving. Don't care about the home town, his Father, or the smile. This year he's showing up almost every day. It won't last, though the move to right field puts off the inevitable. He's perennially out-of-shape and injured, which is the only reason injuries of his nature occur. Act while you can. He's overpaid. Comparatively speaking Dunn's not. Keep him."

Are you out of your mind? Griffey has a career of inconsistency and underachieving? Have you even watched baseball within the last 20 years?! I suppose a .290 lifetime batting average is inconsistent? Near 600 lifetime homers is inconsistent? A near .400 career OBP is inconsistent?

How can you even compare him to Dunn? Griffey is damn near 10 years older than Dunn, has a better average, the SAME AMOUNT of RBIs, and only 2 less homers.

Griffey makes 8.5 million, Dunn is going to make $13 million next year. Comparatively speaking, your logic doesn't make any sense.

Before you watch another Reds game, or even open your mouth...get your head examined!

 
at 1:32 PM Anonymous Greg said...

I agree with Rob. How can you say Dunn is not overpaid and Jr. is? How sad is it that Jr. is 10 years older and has a surgically re-attached hamstring and Jr. is still a much better fielder than a 27 year old Dunn. And if you think Jr is a bit overweight and Dunn is not, then clearly you are blind.

 
at 3:01 PM Anonymous Josh said...

Sorry George. Griffey has a career of underachieving. NOow tha's laughable How about those ten years of gold glove baseball in Seattle.Named to the all century team for God's sakes. Get rid of Dunn and save at least one hundred outs a season(assuming that Griff strikes out about 90 times). Oh yeah lets remember that Griff can say no to any trade.

 
at 1:06 AM Anonymous George Hale said...

Rob Dicken, et al: I stand by my post. Griffey's on the down-side of his career. Had he gotten in shape and stayed in shape to play nearly every day every year of his career, what could have been doesn't count. We'll never know. I'm being practical not emotional.

His career OBP is .374, Dunn's is .378. Get it right.

Dunn's first seven years offense compare better than Griffey's first seven in every category except strike outs. Years 8 through 12 Griffey had over 100 strike-outs per year in the years he hit 40 or more homeruns.

And I've been watching the Reds for over 50 years. I'd take Gus Bell, Vada Pinson, Cesar Geronimo, Wally Post, Frank Robinson, George Foster, and Sr., and on and on, anyday over this clown.

 
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