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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: 4 | Salary: $513,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/81 | Average Draft Position: 85.01
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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.


Cardinals SP Lance Lynn fans eight in Game 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Cardinals starter Lance Lynn struck out eight over six innings  of a no-decision Saturday, as his team fell 3-2 to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

Lynn allowed a run to score on a groundout, and another on a single from Adrian Gonzalez in the third inning. He was charged with two runs on seven hits and two walks. Of his 114 pitches, 73 were strikes.


Cardinals announce rotation for NLDS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced the team's rotation for NLDS against the Dodgers. Adam Wainwright will pitch in the series opener, and he will be followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller.

Michael Wacha will be pitching out of the bullpen for St. Louis.


Lance Lynn fans nine in defeat


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Cardinals starter Lance Lynn struck out nine over six innings Sunday, but took the loss in a 7-2 defeat to the Reds. Lynn allowed three runs on four hits, including two homers to Jay Bruce, while walking a pair.

Now 15-10 with a 2.73 ERA, Lynn is scheduled to face Arizona on Saturday.


Lance Lynn surrenders one run in no-decision vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out five in his team's 3-2, 12-inning loss to the Brewers.

Lynn watched the offense score two runs in the bottom of the first inning and was able to maintain the lead throughout the game despite serving up a solo home run in the fourth inning, but the bullpen blew his lead in the ninth inning to deny him a win. He's now allowed exactly one earned run in three straight starts. Lynn owns a 2.68 ERA and 167:69 K:BB ratio in 191 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cubs Monday.


Lance Lynn a tough luck loser Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn took a hard luck loss Thursday against the Reds.

Lynn allowed one run on three hits over eight innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Lynn was exceptional during the appearance, tossing seven scoreless frames to open the game. He gave up his only run in the eighth inning. After a walk and a single, Lynn gave up a run on a force out. He was able to escape the inning without giving up any more runs.

Despite the strong start, Lynn couldn't pick up a win. The Cardinals were powerful to score against Johnny Cueto. With the loss, Lynn dropped to 15-9. He'll take on the Brewers in his next start.


Lance Lynn strikes out six in win vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn earned a win Saturday, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks in six innings while striking out six in his team's 5-3 victory over the Brewers.

Lynn (15-8) surrendered two unearned runs in the first inning on a play that feature two separate errors from left fielder Matt Holliday. He was then able to keep the Brewers off the board until they broke through with an RBI double in the sixth. Lynn owns a 2.80 ERA and 156:67 K:BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Reds Thursday.


Lance Lynn posts quality start in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn posted a quality start but wasn't a factor into the decision Monday against the Pirates. He gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three over six innings of a 5-4 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 19 innings, Lynn has permitted five earned runs. He owns a 2.85 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 28 starts (170 2/3 innings). His next start will come Saturday in Milwaukee.

Lance Lynn gives up two runs vs. Pirates Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on six hits and three walks in six innings while striking out three in his team's 5-2 loss to the Pirates.

Lynn fell behind 2-0 after a solo home run in the fifth inning, but the offense scored a pair of runs in the seventh to take him off the hook. He owns a 2.79 ERA and 147:60 K:BB ratio in 164 2/3 innings. Lynn is scheduled to face the Pirates again Monday.


Lance Lynn spins seven scoreless innings vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn earned a win Wednesday, giving up four hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings and striking out five in his team's 7-3 victory over the Reds.

Lynn (14-8) was only at 94 pitches after seven innings, but a weather delay cost him the chance to go deeper into the game. He's surrendered more than two earned runs just once in his last nine starts going back to the beginning of July, and in that off game he only gave up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Lynn owns a 2.78 ERA and 144:57 K:BB ratio in 158 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Tuesday.


Lance Lynn pulls out a win Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn picked up a win Friday against the Royals.

Lynn allowed one run on six hits over six innings of work. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Lynn started things off well, tossing four scoreless innings to open the game. The Padres managed to strike in the fifth. After giving up two singles, Lynn allowed a run-scoring double. He was able to get out of the inning without giving up any more runs. 

With the win, Lynn improved to 13-8. He'll take on the Reds in his next start. 


Lance Lynn bounces back with win No. 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn bounced back with his 12th win of the season Sunday afternoon against the Orioles in Baltimore. The right-hander scattered three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings of an 8-3 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 25 innings, Lynn has allowed six earned runs. He owns a 2.97 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 24 starts (145 2/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at home against San Diego.

Lance Lynn gives up two runs in no-decision vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 3-2 victory over the Red Sox.

Lynn surrendered a game-tying run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth before the Red Sox took the lead on a groundout in the seventh. The offense was able to even the game in the bottom of the seventh and take Lynn off the hook for the loss. With six straight starts of two runs or fewer, he owns a 2.89 ERA and 127:53 K:BB ratio in 140 innings. Lynn is slated to face the Orioles Sunday.


Lance Lynn bumped to Tuesday, with John Lackey starting Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn has had his next start bumped back from Sunday to Tuesday following the acquisition of John Lackey.

Lackey will take the mound Sunday against the Brewers, manager Mike Matheny told FOXSportsMidwest.com Friday, while Lynn will open a series against the Red Sox Tuesday. The move gives Lynn an extra day off since his last appearance, during which he posted a quality start in a loss to the Padres.