World Series Game 3: The Rangers And Kyle Lohse

Kyle Lohse isn't quite as funny as he used to be. See, this is a pitcher you can make fun of:


Year Tm ERA GS IP H R BB SO
2010 STL 6.55 18 92.0 129 75 35 54

But this isn't:

Year Tm ERA GS IP H R BB SO
2011 STL 3.39 30 188.1 178 80 42 111


How rude. It was much funnier when he was just abysmal. Dave Duncan doesn't let us have any fun. The strikeout rate is identical, but the walk rate was almost halved. The good news for the Rangers is that they do well against "finesse pitchers":

Split PA BA OBP SLG OPS
vs. Power 1195 .257 .328 .410 .738
vs. avg.P/F 2026 .280 .332 .449 .780
vs. Finesse 3040 .294 .349 .487 .837


The definition of "finesse" that Baseball Reference uses is pitchers who are in the bottom third of the league in strikeouts plus walks. That's good news for the Rangers against Lohse! The bad news: Lohse threw like a power pitcher in the first inning:

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