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31 Lance Lynn SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 5/12/1987 | Birthplace: Marion County, IN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: Mississippi | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $513,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/83 | Average Draft Position: 82.33
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Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn strikes out seven in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn allowed one run on six hits in seven innings of work in St. Louis' 2-1 win over the Tigers on Sunday.

Lynn's only blemish came in the first inning when he allowed an RBI double to Miguel Cabrera, who drove home Ian Kinsler from first. Lynn settled in after that and struck out seven throughout the rest of his start.

"Lance was great, no question about it," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny  to MLB.com. "That's what you really want from a guy who is taking charge of a staff. That's an outing where we need somebody to step up big, bow his neck and say, 'This is my game.' That's exactly what he did."

Lynn, now 3-3, moved his ERA to 2.96 in 48 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Friday against the Royals. 


Lance Lynn pitches six shutout innings in Cardinals' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn pitched six shutout innings to earn his second win of the year on Tuesday. 

Lynn moved to 2-3 on the season, after giving up four hits, four walks and striking out nine. He threw 118 pitches, 67 strikes.

"He reaches back," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He's able to locate [the four-seamer] and elevate it and then the [sinker] was working, too. [The four-seamer] is hard to pick up once you've got a couple elevated and he's got good movement going on the sinker."

Lynn's next start is scheduled for Sunday, at home against Detroit.


Cardinals mull six-man rotation, prefer Garcia to Gonzales


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) The Cardinals are considering moving to a six-man rotation to help battle the loss of ace Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"It’s not something we would rule out," general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday. "It’s something we’ve talked about, but we haven’t decided if that’s the best option for us. It’s something I think a lot about, and I know (manager) Mike (Matheny) and (pitching coach Derek Lilliquist) do too. It’s on the table."

With Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez not being ticketed for 200-inning seasons, the team is considering whether to roll out a six-man rotation or to go with a five-man rotation and periodically skip starts of the two younger pitchers while giving others spot starts in their place. However, a six-man rotation could throw off the routines of Lance Lynn and John Lackey. If the team does opt for a five-man rotation, Jaime Garcia is the preferred long-term option over Marco Gonzales.

"If Jaime is good to go, we’ll try to find a spot in the rotation for him," Mozeliak said. "When he’s been healthy, Jaime has been a very good pitcher."

Garcia is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis Sunday.


Cardinals P Lance Lynn allows five runs Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn struggled during the opening frame of Wednesday's game and he never recovered in route to a 6-5 loss to the Cubs.

"I just couldn't make the pitch when I needed to," Lynn said, per MLB.com. "I was in some spots to make pitches to get out of innings, and just couldn't get it done tonight. I was leaving balls in the middle of the plate at the wrong time."

Lynn allowed two runs on four hits in the opening frame. He finished the game allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings. He also struck out six batters and walked two. He received his third loss of the season for his effort.

"It was a tough zone, floating around a little bit, and he was fighting, trying to, I think, make perfect pitches at times," manager Mike Matheny said. "But he did a nice job using his cutter. His curveball hurt him one time when he left it up and it got too much of the plate. But otherwise, it was a real effective pitch for him. And he found a real nice feel for his fastball."

His main mistake was a two-run home run to Anthony Rizzo in the third inning. As a result of the performance, his ERA rose from 3.07 to 3.82.

His next expected start is scheduled for Tuesday at Cleveland.


Cardinals P Lance Lynn strikes out 10 batters Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn allowed one run on four hits over seven solid innings of work during Friday's 2-1 win over the Pirates.

Lynn also struck 10 batters and walked one to lower his ERA to 3.07. The 10 strike outs were a season high for Lynn. Despite the solid effort, Lynn received a no-decision.

The lone run Lynn surrendered came in the sixth inning when A.J. Burnett singled in a run. Lynn has allowed one run in four of his five starts this season.

His next scheduled start is expected to be Wednesday against the Cubs


Cardinals' Lance Lynn allows six runs in loss vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn was rocked in a loss Sunday, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in five innings while striking out six in his team's 6-3 defeat against the Brewers.

Lynn (1-2) was facing a Brewers lineup without Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Scooter Gennett but couldn't find success, giving up three runs on a triple and a home run in the third inning and then allowing three more runs during a fifth inning that featured three doubles.

Lynn's first rough outing of the season gives him a 3.63 ERA and 26:7 K:BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Pirates at home Friday.


Lance Lynn gets no decision in Cardinals' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cardinals starter Lance Lynn gave up one run in six and a third innings, but he ended up with a no decision in Tuesday's loss to Washington. 

Lynn allowed five hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Lynn threw 112 pitches, 67 strikes. 

Lynn's next start is scheduled for Sunday, against Milwaukee's Mike Fiers. 


Cardinals SP Lance Lynn had Nationals number in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn is off to a promising start in 2015, posting a 1.64 ERA heading into his start Tuesday against the Nationals. If Lynn pitches like he did last season against the Nationals, then that ERA could continue to drop.

In two starts against Washington last year, the right-hander went 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. He allowed just one run in 13 2/3 innings. He also had 13 strikeouts.

Lynn will be facing off against Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Baseball fans could be in for a pitcher's duel, as Gonzalez has a 1.17 ERA in three starts against the Cardinals since 2012.

The Nationals enter play Tuesday with 53 runs, which equals the league average.


Cardinals P Lance Lynn earns win against Brewers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn gave up one earned run during Wednesday night's 4-2 win over the Brewers. 

Lynn went five innings and gave up his lone run of the game in the third. Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI single that scored Jonathan Lucroy. Lynn threw 99 pitches and gave up six hits. He struck out four batters and walked one. 

Lynn is now 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA. 

His next start is projected for April 21 against the Nationals. 


Cardinals Lance Lynn strikes out nine, takes loss in debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn allowed two runs (one earned) on just two hits and one walk in six-plus innings Wednesday but was stuck with a loss in his team's 2-0 defeat against the Cubs.

Lynn, who racked up nine strikeouts in his season debut, made it through six innings without giving up a run, but hit the first batter of the seventh, who advanced to second on a throwing error by Lynn on a pickoff attempt. An RBI single chased Lynn from the game, and a second runner came home later in the inning.

Lynn will look to bounce back with his first win of the year Wednesday against the Brewers.


Cubs, Cardinals postponed Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening, the Cubs announced.

A makeup date for Tuesday's postponement has yet to be scheduled, but it is likely to come in July or September rather than this week. Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn were the scheduled starters for Tuesday's matchup.

Lynn has been named the starter for Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs. The Cardinals will keep the rotation in line moving forward, with John Lackey, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez on tap to face the Reds this weekend. Adam Wainwright is now scheduled to take the mound for the team's home opener Monday against the Brewers.


Cardinals' Lance Lynn throws six scoreless in final spring tuneup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn tossed six scoreless innings in his final Grapefruit League start Thursday against the Mets. He allowed three hits -- two singles, one double -- and no walks, while striking out four.

Lynn finishes the spring with a 2.25 ERA in three starts. He totaled nine strikeouts in 12 innings.

Lynn will start the second game of the season Tuesday against the Cubs.


Cardinals finalize rotation plans for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Cardinals announced Wednesday starting pitcher Lance Lynn will start the second game of the season on April 7 against the Cubs. It was already previously announced Adam Wainwright would start the season opener Sunday against the Cubs.

John Lackey will then finish out the Chicago series April 8. Michael Wacha will open a three-game series April 10 at Cincinnati, and he will be followed by Carlos Martinez before the rotation resets. 

Lynn is on track to start the home opener on April 13 against the Brewers.


Cardinals' Lance Lynn surrenders two runs in outing Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn gave up two runs on six hits, including a home run, in five innings of work Saturday against the Tigers.

Lynn added five strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 4.50.

"It was good to get out there and face hitters and get your pitches in and get your work done and come out of it healthy," Lynn said to MLB.com. "That's all that really matters right now. I've felt good the last two times out with everything. I'm just going to keep going that direction."


Cardinals' Lance Lynn (hip) tosses four innings Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn (hip) allowed just one hit in four scoreless innings while striking out three and walking none Monday against the Yankees.

The game between the Cardinals and Yankees was cancelled in the fifth inning due to weather, but Lynn was able to face 13 batters in his return from a hip flexor strain. It was his first Grapefruit League action since making his spring debut March 8.


Cardinals SP Lance Lynn (hip) ready to return Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn will return to Grapefruit League action Monday against the Red Sox, and he's expected to throw 50 or more pitches in the outing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Lynn has been sidelined by a hip flexor strain but was able to throw an aggressive simulated game Wednesday without issue. Provided he doesn't suffer a setback over the remainder of the spring, Lynn figures to be ready for the start of the regular season.


Cardinals' Lynn impresses with changeup during simulated game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (hip) threw three innings during a simulated game Wednesday, per MLB.com. While results weren't the main focus Wednesday, Lynn was able to showcase an improved changeup.

"I had never seen it like that," outfielder Jon Jay, who also participated in the simulated game, said. "Same thing with [Adam Wainwright] the other day. [Lynn's] changeup was filthy. It's just another weapon to his arsenal.

"Those guys are already good, and that's what makes them special. They keep on continuing to grow and get better. You see that with Lance now. He's taking that next step to try and solidify himself as that guy that everyone looks to."

Lynn is hoping the changeup will become an asset against left-handed batters, who have compiled a .256/.355/.409 slash line against the right-hander in his career.

"It's just amazing what that does when you increase the number of weapons that you have and pitches that take you off what your strengths are," manager Mike Matheny said. "To be able to throw that cutter that looks like a four-seam [fastball], all of a sudden makes his fastball harder. And being able to throw that breaking ball for strikes, and the way the changeup is coming out -- all the way around, he is improving as a pitcher. He's just becoming a little more versatile."

Lynn has thrown several side sessions since leaving his March 8 spring start due to a left hip flexor strain. He would have been back in action Wednesday, if the Cardinals didn't have an off-day.

"It felt as good as it has the last week or so," Lynn said about his injured hip. "I treated it like I would a normal spring start. I knew I was fine. I knew I was healthy. I wasn't worried about anything. I just had to get the pitches in."


Matheny: Lance Lynn to pitch simulated game on Wednesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn will test his injured hip on Wednesday. 

Manager Mike Matheny said Lynn would pitch in a simulated game on Wednesday. Assuming that goes well, he should return to the rotation after that.  


Cardinals' Lance Lynn has minor hip flexor strain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) An MRI has confirmed that Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn is dealing with a minor hip flexor strain, MLB.com reports.

Lynn said he expects no serious setbacks from the injury, which caused him to be removed from Sunday's start. He said that he would have continued pitching Sunday had it been a regular season game. Lynn may be able to make his next start later this week.


Cardinals' Lance Lynn: 'I'm going to be able to make my next start'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn left Sunday's outing due to a hip injury but insists he would have continued pitching had it been a regular-season game, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"I would have figured it out," Lynn said. "It’s something that I always feel. There are times when you can push through it. I know how to push through it. They’re going to make sure I’m smart about it. They’re going to make me take it slow. … When it’s all said and done, I’m going to be able to make my next start."

Lynn said he "pulled back" while going for a ground ball.

"I think if I went after that the way that I could go after it, something bad might have happened," Lynn said. "So I made sure that I pulled back. I went to go (for the ball) and I thought, 'I don’t know if that’s a good idea.' I tried to throw the next pitch and it wasn’t going the way I wanted to go. Something worse would have happened."

Lynn said he expects to throw a bullpen session on his regular schedule, but manager Mike Matheny indicated a new schedule would be made based upon the results of tests on the injured hip Monday.


Hip, not hand, ends Lance Lynn's Cardinals start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Lance Lynn left his start for the Cardinals on Sunday after six batters with a left hip flexor strain, the team announced

Lynn called the trainer to the mound and left the game in the second inning. The trainer appeared to be looking at Lynn's hand at the time. The team will reevaluate Lynn's hip on Monday. 


Lance Lynn leaves Cardinals' start with hand problem


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn left Sunday's game in the second inning with some type of hand problem. 

After retiring the Marlins in order in the first inning, Lynn walked the first two batters of the second. After the third batter reached on an infield error, Lynn called the trainer to the mound to look at his hand. He was removed from the game.  

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculated that blister problems that have plagued Lynn in the past may have returned. Lynn only threw six strikes in 15 second-inning pitches, indicating that a grip problem, like a blister, could have been bothering him.


Cardinals, Lance Lynn agree to three-year, $22 million deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Cardinals have agreed to a three-year, $22 million deal with starting pitcher Lance Lynn, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal covers Lynn's final three years of arbitration.

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Lance,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. “His performance has led to much success for both he and the Cardinals organization, and we look forward to his continued growth as both a pitcher and team leader.”

Lynn won at least 15 games for a third straight season in 2014. The one-time All-Star is 48-26 with a 3.48 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 97 career MLB starts. He also is striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings as an MLB starter. 


Adam Wainwright ready to start Game 1 of NLCS for Cardinals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) The Cardinals announced starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will start in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Giants. He will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cardinals coach Mike Matheny said Wainwright is perfectly fine heading into the NLCS. There was concern Lynn might have had to start the NLCS opener, if Wainwright was unavailable due to soreness or stiffness.


Lance Lynn ready if Adam Wainwright can't go


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn will be an option for a potential Game 5 start in the NLDS or possibly a start in Game 1 of the NLCS if Adam Wainwright is unavailable due to soreness or stiffness, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"Just making sure that Waino feels right," manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday as the Cardinals prepared to face the Dodgers in Game 4. "We’ve got two guys on regular rest; it wouldn’t be a stretch to have either one of them go. There’s no question that Waino has been fighting it. I haven’t made that a secret, and neither has he. It’s all going to come down to how he feels. The likelihood of him saying, ‘I can’t go’ is very slim. But it is a possibility that something might not feel right."

Wainwright surrendered six earned runs in Game 1 of the NLDS while pitching just 4 1/3 innings. Lynn surrendered two runs in six innings while striking out eight in Game 3.