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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Kyle Lohse comes through for Cardinals, himself when it matters most

Some St. Louis Cardinals fans questioned the decision to go with starter Kyle Lohse in Friday night's wild 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in MLB's inaugural Wild Card Game, especially with ace Adam Wainwright available to pitch.

But with a 16-3 record and a 2.86 ERA on the season, Lohse has been the Cardinals most consistent starter all season long and manager Mike Matheny's decision to go with Lohse turned out to be the right one.

Lohse stepped  up to the plate on Friday night, holding the Braves to just two earned runs and six hits in five and two thirds innings.  Lohse came through for the Cardinals when it mattered most.

"It feels great that they would have that confidence in me to line that up to where I would get that start," said Lohse after the game. "My thought is, first off, I have to do what I've been doing all year. Second, I want to give these other guys in the rotation a chance to pitch. It was as good a feeling as you can get."

Not only was Lohse's performance huge for the Cardinals to advance in the new post-season format, it was huge for him personally as well.

Lohse will be a free agent after the season is over and it is highly unlikely the Cardinals will be able to retain his services.  The Cardinals rotation already looks crowded in 2013, especially after the club decided to bring back Jake Westbrook earlier this summer.

So Lohse is pitching for his next contract.   He has been all season and at this point has gave himself a very nice opportunity to cash-in handsomely.

Friday night's performance will help too as it proves Lohse can handle the spotlight in the biggest of starts.

Somebody will pay Kyle Lohse a lot of money and the Cardinals are glad that they can continue to cash-in on Kyle Lohse's excellent 2012 as well.

It is a win-win for everyone.