MIAMI, FL - APRIL 04: Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches during Opening Day against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 4, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) By Mike Ehrmann
ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – Kyle Lohse has been the one bright spot for the St. Louis Cardinals during a stretch of play that has seen the team losing more games than actually winning.
In three of his last four starts, Lohse has watched the bullpen spoil solid starts from the right-hander, who has allowed eleven runs in his last 23 innings pitched. Lohse has settled for a no-decision in each of his last five starts including his last start when allowed just two hits in six innings pitched.
Lohse, like the rest of the starting rotation, has seen his earned run average increase almost two runs from a hot April when he went 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA.
He will be countered by Cleveland Indians starter Justin Masterson, who has been a major disappointment coming off a stellar season last year. The right-hander has lost his past two starts, each to division rivals, and has been atrocious in his five away games pitched this season. Masterson has more than a five-run differential between home (3.54 ERA) and road games (9.00 ERA).