Kyle Lohse in danger of losing his spot in the Brewers’ rotation


Brewers starter Kyle Lohse struggled again on Sunday against the Cubs, yielding four runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. The Cubs scored once each in four of his five innings. He gave up nine hits overall while walking one and striking out three in the loss.

Lohse leads the majors with 13 losses while sporting an awful 6.31 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP and an 86/30 K/BB ratio in 124 innings. As Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports, manager Craig Counsell says Lohse’s rotation spot will be discussed. Haudricourt suggests it may have been Lohse’s last start for the Brewers.

Lohse, 36, put together four solid seasons in a row between 2011-14, split between the Cardinals and Brewers. Though he’s posting similar strikeout and walk rates as in similar years, batters are making much better contact with his pitches, as he’s allowed a .311 BABIP along with 24 home runs. If Lohse is allowed to continue pitching, he will likely surpass his career-high in home runs allowed in a season at 28.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.