Other pitchers on the Milwaukee Brewers' staff should be forced to watch videos of Kyle Lohse's first three starts with the club - over and over. Lohse is a study in pounding the strike zone and putting hitters on the defensive. In his first 20 innings after joining the Brewers as a free agent, he issued one walk while logging 13 strikeouts. In other words, Lohse doesn't beat himself. If you're going to beat him, you will have to do it without his help. "He's a smart guy who knows how to pitch," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He can repeat pitches and understands how to change speeds. That's probably the hardest thing for a young guy to figure out. "When you're in trouble, you don't try to throw harder. You don't try to hit the black (edge) of the plate. You need to change speeds. That's what throws a hitter off. I think it takes a long time before pitchers realize that." Roenicke said the 34-year-old Lohse also has brought something off the field. "In the short time that I've seen him, (he is) a great teammate; prepares himself well," Roenicke said. "Not just the mental part of it but the physical part. That's important, especially for the young guys to watch what he does." It's an example from which every pitcher on the staff can learn. What's the penalty? When the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo became the latest major-league player to be arrested on allegations of drunken driving, some wondered when Major League Baseball is going to crack down on that offense. After all, the proliferation of performance-enhancing drugs led to the stiffest drug policy in professional team sports. MLB does not suspend players for drunken-driving offenses. Instead, as agreed upon in the game's labor deal, the player is referred to a treatment board to be assessed and receive counseling if deemed necessary. The Brewers assessed Gallardo a stiff fine for being out after the team's curfew but that was the extent of his punishment. Roenicke was asked what a team's responsibility should be when a player drives while intoxicated. "It depends what you want to do," said Roenicke, who let Gallardo know in no uncertain terms the possible ramifications of that mistake. "Certainly we can help. We have people in place here (Employee Assistance Program) and that's what they are there for, to help players off the field with matters. And to help them with the mental part on the field. "My part, all I can do is that the player knows that I care about him, on and off the field, and I'll do whatever it takes to help him out. As far as punishment or something, there are a lot of restrictions by the (players) association and by Major League Baseball. You hope it doesn't come to that anyway. "You make mistakes. Every single one of us makes mistakes. It's what we do when we make a mistake and how we learn from it. The second and third time things happen, I have a little bit of an issue with that, not that I'm OK with this one time happening." Can't happen soon enough Lance Berkman made many visits to Wrigley Field when he played for the Astros and Cardinals. He made another trip there last week with Texas and was pleased to hear of the agreement to make $500 million in improvements to the aging facility in the coming years. "It's one of the worst places in baseball for, well, just about anything," Berkman said. "I really don't like it. I read where they got approval for some more upgrades. Count me in the group of people extremely happy to see that. I guess I'm just spoiled. "There is a tremendous history associated with it and there is something special about playing on the same field that guys like Babe Ruth did. But really what kind of history is there? It's not like there has been one championship after another. It's mainly been a place for people to go and drink beer."
Lohse schools peers on how to pitch
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 21