(BaseballStL) — He may be the quietest 10-game winner in baseball, but Lance Lynn is among the league’s best hurlers this season.
Wednesday the big right-hander went 6.2 innings, striking out four and allowing six hits. Though he walked two, he left the game having allowed only two runs. It’s the 13th time in 19 starts Lynn has allowed two runs or less.
“He’s one of those guys I think gets overlooked a lot,” Mike Matheny said.
In a season where innings are at a premium, Lynn’s only gone less than 18 outs six times, and one of those was injury-related.
Reaching double digits puts him in rarified air. As of Wednesday night, the only NL pitchers with 10 or more wins are Adam Wainwright, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Alfredo Simon and Lynn.
“It’s pretty exciting for that to happen, but it’s still only the halfway point,” he said of his 10th victory. “There’s still a lot of work to do.”
It’s his 32nd win prior to the All Star break in the last three seasons, which is more than any pitcher in baseball. It’s also the third season in a row he’s hit 10 wins before the All Star break, which makes him the first Cardinal pitcher to accomplish that feat since Bob Gibson did it from 1968-1970.
“That’s awesome,” Lynn said when he was told he had matched Gibby. “To be in the same sentence as him in anything is quite an honor.”
While Adam Wainwright will always be the anchor of the staff Lynn has been a reliable performer through injuries and offensive ups and downs this season. If the Cardinals are going to lean on pitching this heavily in the second half, Lynn’s shoulders will have to continue to dependably bear the weight.