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Lance Lynn | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 275
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Mississippi
Drafted: 2008 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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RHP Lance Lynn rejected the Cardinals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.
Lynn's velocity and peripherals in his first season back from Tommy John surgery went south, but he still posted a 3.43 ERA. He's arguably at the top of the second tier of free agent starters. Nov 17 - 11:41 AM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Twins are "considering a run at one of the big free-agent starters."

Heyman lists Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb among the top tier of available starting pitchers. Darvish and Arrieta might prove to be a little too rich for Minnesota given that late-inning relief help is also on the club's offseason shopping list, but Lynn or Cobb could make financial sense. Lynn owns a sharp 3.38 career ERA and fared pretty well in 2017, his first year after Tommy John surgery. St. Louis made him a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer earlier this month, which he is expected to reject.
Nov 9 - 9:06 AM

Cardinals extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to RHP Lance Lynn.

Lynn is expected to turn the offer down, as he's in line for a large multi-year contract in free agency. The big righty's velocity and peripherals weren't as good in 2017 in his first year post-Tommy John surgery, but he still posted a 3.43 ERA, virtually matching his career 3.38 mark.
Nov 6 - 5:21 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals plan to make Lance Lynn a qualifying offer and the pitcher plans to reject it.

Previous reports had indicated that the team making the $17.4 million offer wasn't a slam dunk, but it always made way more sense than not that the offer would be extended. It's also no surprise that Lynn plans to reject it, as he's in line for a big multi-year contract this winter. Goold says that the Cards have had "no substantive talks" with Lynn, as it looks like they will let him walk in free agency.
Nov 3 - 11:25 AM

Lance Lynn kept the Cubs to one run over five innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Making his final start of the season and what very well could be the last start of his Cardinals career, Lynn did what he's done all year, pitching around control issues to limit the damage. In fact, an Ian Happ solo home run in the first inning was all the Cubs could push across against the 30-year-old despite four free passes issued. He led the National League in walks with 78 -- it's worth remembering that this was his first year back from Tommy John surgery -- but his 3.43 ERA in 33 starts was also seventh-best. Lynn has set himself up to be paid handsomely by some club this winter.
Sep 29 - 2:34 AM

Lance Lynn allowed eight runs while getting just two outs in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

Not great. Four of the six Pirates hits against him were singles and he didn't allow a homer, so it's not as though he was getting shelled, but there was definitely something off about Lynn's game on this night. It was a bad time for a clunker, with the Cardinals vying for a postseason spot and Lynn angling for a new contract this winter, but he's been very good overall, sitting at 11-8 with a 3.47 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 148/74 K/BB ratio even with Saturday's result. The 30-year-old will have a chance to redeem himself in his last start of the regular season Thursday against the division-rival Cubs.
Sep 24 - 12:15 AM

Lance Lynn allowed three earned runs over four innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Cubs.

Lynn issued four walks and gave up five hits, including a Kyle Schwarber home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chicago went on to win this one 4-3, thanks to a go-ahead RBI single by Jason Heyward in the bottom of the seventh. Lynn, an impending free agent, is 11-7 on the season with a 3.09 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 147/72 K/BB ratio in 180 2/3 innings.
Sep 17 - 6:16 PM

Lance Lynn was charged with four runs – three earned – over five innings in Tuesday’s 13-4 victory over the Reds.

Lynn settled in after serving up a one-out solo homer to Zack Cozart in the first inning, but he ran into trouble again in the fifth, giving up three tallies. He could’ve been helped out at first base by Jose Martinez, who failed to scoop a throw that led to a run. Lynn threw only 73 pitches over his five frames, but with a big lead the Cardinals decided it was a good time to buy him some rest. The big righty gets the Cubs at Wrigley on Sunday.
Sep 12 - 11:45 PM

Lance Lynn will make his next start Tuesday against the Reds.

He'll be going on regular rest. The switch lines him up for a second start this week, on Sunday against the first-place Cubs. Jack Flaherty, who gets some extra rest with the change, and Luke Weaver will close out the series against the Reds while Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha will start the first two games of the series against Chicago.

Lance Lynn pitched well in a losing effort against the Padres on Thursday, allowing just one run on six hits over his six innings of work.

Lynn walked three and struck out three on the night. The only blemish on his night came on an RBI single by Jose Pirela in the first inning, unfortunately the Cardinals' offense wasn't able to provide any support for him. Now 10-7 on the season, Lynn will carry a 2.94 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 139/68 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's start against the Reds.
Sep 8 - 12:17 AM

Lance Lynn was dealing with a blister on his middle finger while pitching eight scoreless innings against the Giants on Saturday.

Lynn said he pitched his final two or three innings with the blister, but it sounds like it was a factor in the decision to pull him after eight. Lynn popped the blister after the game, and it appears likely that he'll be ready to make his next start.
Sep 3 - 12:37 AM

Lance Lynn allowed just one base hit in eight scoreless frames but was forced to settle for a no-decision against the Giants on Saturday.

He wasn't dominant but kept the ball on the ground and got the job done, leaving the game with a 1-0 lead that was blown in the ninth. He surrendered a single to Joe Panik in the first inning and that was it. He issued four walks and registered four strikeouts. Lynn missed all of last season to injury but has come back as strong as ever, turning in a 10-6 record with a 2.99 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 28 starts.
Sep 2 - 8:12 PM

Lance Lynn said Wednesday that he's had no communication with the Cardinals about his contract.

Lynn is due to become a free agent in November and the Cardinals freed up some spending money Wednesday by trading Mike Leake to the Mariners, but it doesn't sound like there are any extension talks in the works. "I’m sure whenever the time comes — when the World Series is over and five days after, I’m sure somebody will talk to me," said Lynn. "I just don’t know who it is. They’ve had a whole season. Five days isn’t going to matter. But I just work here."
Aug 30 - 3:23 PM

Lance Lynn allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's 10-inning loss to the Rays.

Both runs on Lynn's line scored via the home run, with Logan Morrison and Brad Miller burning him for solo shots in the fourth and seventh innings respectively. Lynn struck out eight while walking three on the afternoon. He will carry a sharp 3.14 ERA and 1.17 WHIP into a road showdown with the Giants next time he takes to the mound. He has been a rock-steady performer throughout summer.
Aug 27 - 5:50 PM

Lance Lynn gave up four runs over six innings of work in Tuesday’s no-decision versus the Padres.

Lynn got in trouble in the third inning when he hit pitcher Clayton Richard with a pitch to lead off the frame. He also hit Jose Pirela with a pitch following a single and Yangervis Solarte then cleared the bases with a double. Solarte got Lynn again in the fifth with another RBI two-bagger. Remarkably, it’s the first time since June that Lynn has allowed more than two runs in a start. He’ll face the Rays at home Sunday.
Aug 23 - 12:28 AM

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2B1Kolten Wong
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SS1Paul DeJong
2Alex Mejia
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3B1Matt Carpenter
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LF1Tommy Pham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Harrison Bader
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RF1Stephen Piscotty
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Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Michael Wacha
5Luke Weaver
6John Gant
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Relief Pitcher
R1Juan Nicasio
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4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
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7Zach Duke
8Sam Tuivailala
9Ryan Sherriff
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