Not quite Steve Austin territory, but close–for a 5.83 ERA pitcher.
Lohse’s peripheral numbers were a bit better, though–we probably have a 4.50-4.80 ERA pitcher for that money, which is better than Eric Milton, who is still running at $8 mil.
Every week the Reds hope to run out Arroyo, Harang, Milton and Lohse. #5 is mystery man–maybe Homer Bailey later in the year if he keeps on skyrocketing upward.
That is a sub .500 rotation, folks, as long as Milton and Lohse are taking regular turns and Bailey is not quite ready–not quite. Now there is a slight chance that Lohse could go on a roll at some point and provide some wins to go with all those innings, and Bailey could be a rare phenom, but I’m not holding my breath–especially not with the offense as decimated as it is with all the spare parts in the lineup from last year’s version.
Are the Reds currently sitting on their hands and hoping that no one has another offseason injury? Seems so.