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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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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

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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

Lance Lynn allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Royals.

Not only did Lynn battle his control, walking five over his six innings of work, he was also hit in the head by a comebacker in the third inning that threatened to end his night early. He stayed in -- after the game, Lynn said he "stared back into (manager Mike Matheny's) soul and told them to go back into the dugout" -- and gave his team a chance to win. Lynn still hasn't lost a start since July 4, owning a 10-6 record, 3.12 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through 24 starts. A tough task lies ahead when the Cardinals face the Red Sox in an interleague tilt Wednesday.
Aug 11 - 1:27 AM

Lance Lynn allowed a solo home run in the first inning but nothing more, going six innings in a win over the Reds on Saturday.

Lynn hung a pitch that Joey Votto deposited into the seats in the first, but he buckled down from there. The right-hander allowed three hits and walked three in total, striking out four on the night. The win was his fourth in a row to move him to 10-6 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.12 WHIP through 23 starts overall. The impending free agent will try to further strengthen his portfolio when the Cards face the cross-state rival Royals on Thursday.
Aug 5 - 11:46 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, there is "speculation within the industry" that Lance Lynn might fit best with the Indians.

It's unclear at this point -- just three hours from the trade deadline -- whether the Cardinals consider themselves buyers or sellers. If they do decide to sell, Lynn would be their biggest trade chip. An impending free agent, the 30-year-old right-hander has registered a 3.20 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 110/46 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 innings this season for St. Louis.
Jul 31 - 12:57 PM

Lance Lynn surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Lynn managed to hold the D-Backs to just two runs, but this was not a particularly efficient start in terms of his control. He walked five on the afternoon while managing to throw just 59 of 107 pitches for strikes. So long as he is not traded in the next day-plus, Lynn will carry a 3.20 ERA and 1.12 WHIP into a home date with the Reds next time he takes to the mound.
Jul 30 - 5:31 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Astros have "shown interest" in Lance Lynn.

The Astros and Cardinals have a complicated history stemming from a hacking scandal a few years back, but that hasn't stopped the sides from engaging in trade talks. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow is quite familiar with Lynn, having worked in the Cardinals' front office when the team drafted him out of Ole Miss in 2008. The Cardinals are still alive in the NL Central but with Lynn headed for free agency, it makes sense to see what they can get for him. Lynn has also drawn interest from the Royals and Yankees.
Jul 29 - 9:52 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Royals and Cardinals have had trade talks regarding Lance Lynn.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier this month that the Royals have been "very aggressive" in talks with the Cards about Lynn. That was before they acquired Trevor Cahill, but it appears they're still intent on adding rotation help. Morosi did note, though, that it's "unclear if there is momentum toward a deal." ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier Friday that while Lynn is "among the most coveted starters in the market," teams are waiting on a "clear indication" from St. Louis that they intend to trade the right-hander.
Jul 28 - 5:34 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Jose Martinez
2Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
SS1Paul DeJong
2Alex Mejia
3Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Harrison Bader
3Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Michael Wacha
5Luke Weaver
6John Gant
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Juan Nicasio
2Tyler Lyons
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6John Brebbia
7Zach Duke
8Sam Tuivailala
9Ryan Sherriff
10Jack Flaherty
11Sandy Alcantara
12Joshua Lucas
13Trevor Rosenthal