Previewing the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2015 starting rotation

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Sep 6, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) pitches in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Lohse

Lohse had a consistent year for Milwaukee last year, turning in a 13-9 record and a 3.54 ERA.  With Gallardo out of the picture, Lohse will most likely take the role of leader of this staff.

Lohse was just 1.2 innings short of 200, and was Milwaukee’s most consistent hurler during the 2014 campaign.  Hope for Lohse to be Mr. Dependable again for at least one more season.

The thing to pay attention this year is how Lohse performs, and how that will determine his future with the Brewers.

Lohse is entering the final year of his three-year deal.

It will be interesting to see how Melvin and Mark Attanasio handle an aging pitcher like Lohse (36 years old), and if they feel a fate similar to Gallardo is in store for Kyle.  Of course a lot of this depends on Kyle’s performance the first half of the year and if the Brewers will be buyers or sellers come the trade deadline.

Don’t expect Lohse to have too much value regardless of his performance past this year however.  Lohse is 37 years old in October, and the question come free agency will be how much gas does he have left in the tank?

With a young core of pitchers consisting of Peralta, Nelson, Fiers, and the hopeful emergence of Taylor Jungmann, don’t expect Milwaukee to spend a pretty penny for Lohse come the 2016 season.

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