(BaseballStL) - Another night, another solid performance by St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Lance Lynn.
The big right-hander threw just under 100 pitches in six-plus innings, fanning nine and surrendering four hits and two runs in the Cards’ 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It marked the 14th time in the last 20 starts that Lynn has allowed two runs or less and atoned for his last start against the Dodgers on June 28th when a blister limited his effectiveness and he surrendered seven runs, (six earned) in just two innings of work.
But listening to Lynn, it was just another day at the office. “I’m just trying to get the hitter out,” when asked what has been different for him lately, as he has eliminated the big innings that plagued him early in the year. “I’m going right after every hitter.”
Minus that one start (which Lynn claims to not be able to remember), he has been extremely effective against the Dodgers, surrendering just three runs total to them in his last three starts, winning all three games.
Lynn was in command right up until his exit, pitching out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning with country hardball, blowing it past Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp to end that threat.
“I was looking for a strikeout. I just said ‘here’s my fastball, hit it if you can.” They couldn’t.
The Dodgers could not mount anything against him until back-to-back doubles by Juan Uribe and AJ Ellis plated their first run. Ellis would later score on a wild pitch.
“I made a couple of bad pitches but I felt I could have gotten out of it. But our bullpen came in and did a tremendous job.”
“Lance is one guy, once he gets to that 100 mark, if it still looks good we’re good to go with it,” said Cards’ skipper Mike Matheny. “He’s shown that he doesn’t give up a lot of hits once it gets later in his pitch count. What got my attention was two guys on base.”
Lynn said he did not like the eight-day lay-off between starts, saying it was hard to stay in rhythm. But he was able to find someone with whom to play catch.
“My wife was an all-American at Ole Miss,” he smiled, saying he would never have trouble finding a partner to toss a ball with.
Matheny praised his big workhorse as one of the underrated pitchers in baseball. “I think there’s a lot of people that love to go toward run support. They like to go to some of the detailed metrics that might not list him as one of the elite pitchers. I’ll continue to say he’s one of the most underrated pitchers in the game.”
Lynn deferred comment on Matheny’s observation, saying, “You’re only as good as your next start.”
The 27-year-old did acknowledge that he wanted to continue his post-break reputation. “I was better after the All-Star break last year.”
The 6-5, 240 pound Lynn moves to 11-6 on the year, lowering his ERA slightly to 3.13. That’s right about at his career ERA (3.02) in 48 career appearances at Busch, 38 as a starter. He is now 24-10, tops at the new Busch Stadium. The Redbirds are 54-30 when Lynn pitches.