The fantasy baseball playoffs began this past Monday and from here on out every pitching performance will be critical. Well, one performance that ended up being rather forgettable was the outing by SP Kyle Lohse of the Milwaukee Brewers.
The veteran had a combined 1.83 ERA over his seven starts (49.1 innings) before the playoffs. He was dealing each time he took the mound and fantasy owners had a lot of confidence in the hurler heading into the finals. Lohse was pitching lights out heading into the playoffs, but the first round was a different story for the right-hander.
In the Milwaukee’s nail bitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, Lohse was absolutely shelled. The veteran was cruising until the fifth inning, when he was beat up for four runs. Lohse failed to leave the inning and ended his night visibly upset.
Lohse’s state line was an utter mess. He lasted just 5.1 innings and threw exactly 100 pitched. He allowed a season-high 13 hits and an embarrassing five earned runs. He didn’t walk a single batter, but his two strikeouts and staggering hit total made this one of his worst starts of his career.
Many fantasy owners that used Lohse this week will most likely be headed home early, as his performance won’t be helping many fans get to the next round.