I smile to myself as I watch the Nationals game, knowing that the Cardinals starting pitcher, Kyle Lohse, is on all three of my fantasy teams. He threw his sixth strike out of the game, and that’s when I finally realized Lohse would go the distance.
Lohse isn’t young, but I still deem him as the most under rated pitcher in the National League, Gavin Floyd being the most underrated in the American side. It wasn’t Lohse’s complete game shut out that struck me as amazing, but its his stats this season that strike me.
In just four start’s Kyle has proven himself to have some nasty stuff, throwing just over 31 innings, with an ERA just over two runs… This guy is someone who you need to have on your fantasy team! He won’t get a lot of K’s, but the innings and wins will pile up for you.
One might ask, why is this guy so underrated as you say he is? The answer is simple. Lohse has not always put up W’s… In fact outside of 2008, he never really got out of single digits in that category, throwing for 15 that season.
Still though, with 91 career wins, and three already this season, this guy is one heck of a sleeper.
The Nationals. What comes to your mind when you think of them? And I can guess what it was too…
A) Your an average fan, your thinking, a team that probably will never see the playoffs, and trade away any prospects they have.
B) Your a baseball fanatic, your thinking, other than the Royals, they have the best minor league affiliation there is. They will see a trophy someday.
Now, if this is a test, the correct answer is B. As of this morning, the Nationals are 9-9, with lots of hope, Bryce Harper just hit his second career homer down in AAA the other day, and Strasburg is slowly recovering.
Much like the Cardinals, they have an underrated pitcher in, Livan Hernandez. A guy whose now a total veteran, throwing 168 W’s in 16 MLB seasons, more impressive though is his start this season. 2-1, with an ERA under three, the thirty six year old goes for his 450 consecutive start tonight against the Pirates.
The shocking part of this post is that I think the Nationals will make the playoffs this season, if they stay healthy. Sure, it’ll be tough, the Phillies and Marlins are both in their division, but the Hernandez and the Nationals might be able to pull out a miracle.