Signed a new contract on 09/29/08 for four years, $41 million.
Became a Cardinal
First signed as a free-agent with St. Louis on March 14, 2008.
He got off to a fast start, finishing May with a 7-2 record and a 2.13 ERA covering his first 11 starts. On the season, though his 30 starts were only fourth among the members of the rotation, Lohse led the staff with 14 wins. His 3.39 ERA was also lowest among the starters.
Battled through a second year of injury. Had surgery on his right forearm for nerve compression, the first procedure of this kind performed on a professional baseball player. Made just 18 starts split evenly before and after his disabled list stint from 5/23 - 8/15.
Struggled with various injuries, making his first two career DL stints. Appeared in 23 games, posting a 6-10 record with a 4.74 ERA.
In his first season in St. Louis, Lohse posted a team-leading 15 wins, going 15-6 with a 3.78 ERA, 119 strikeouts and 49 walks. He made 33 starts and pitched a team high 200 innings, reaching the 200 innings milestone for the second time in his career.
Lohse made his Major League debut for the Twins in 2001 and he strung together four straight seasons of 30 or more starts from 2002-05. Won 27 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2002-03.
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com St. Louis Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year: 2012