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Kyle Lohse Keeps On Pitching, For Some Reason

Bernie Miklasz wonders why the St. Louis Cardinals insist on continuing to let Kyle Lohse darken their towels again. Lohse actually wasn't bad for being the last guy in the rotation in his last start; five innings, four runs is going to happen relatively frequently with a fifth starter, although most fifth starters don't get $10 million a year for the privilege. 

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For my money (less than $10 million or Bernie Miklasz's salary, to be fair), the Cardinals keep trotting Kyle Lohse out to the mound because the other options are just as bad. Jeff Suppan is Kyle Lohse without a future and a guaranteed contract; so long as the Cardinals keep tossing Lohse out there, there's the remote chance that he figures out how to be adequate again.

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The right question to ask is whether the Cardinals should keep tossing him out there in 2011—they can't rely on him, certainly. But in 2010 it's Lohse or somebody older and worse who'll pitch about as effectively. 

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