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.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.