(BaseballStL) — Lance Lynn is a sight for sore eyes for those worrying about the Cardinal offense. For whatever reason, the 26-year-old has the magic touch when it comes to run support- especially in 2014.
In his four starts, the Cardinals have scored 22 runs. Opponents have scored 14, but Lynn has done just enough to come out with a win every time.
“I think it’s a mistake to discount that some guys figure out how to stay in it and give the team a chance to win,” said Mike Matheny after Lynn’s second start. In that game Lynn went six innings and surrendered five runs, but the Cards notched seven to give him the win. “Certain guys figure out a way to get it done. Lance so far has figured out a way.”
According to ESPN, Lynn has received an MLB best average of 6.25 runs of support in his starts over the past four seasons.
He didn’t need much in his last two, tossing seven shutout innings against the Brewers and following it up with a one-run performance against the Nationals. In keeping with the trend, though, the Cardinals still managed to put up four runs in both of those contests.
Whatever it is about Lynn’s starts- luck, witchcraft or great timing- St. Louis is hoping it shows up again Thursday.
Despite 27 hits against the Mets so far, the Birds have scored only seven runs in three games and dropped two to New York. The club has 22 strikeouts, and is hitting .262 in their trip to the Big Apple.
What year is it?
Thursday’s game features a Who’s Who of 2005 for the Mets. Bartolo Colon will be on the mound for New York, making his 410th start. More improbably, Bobby Abreu will be starting in right field.
Combined, the two men are 80 years old. Together they’ve played 35 seasons, appeared in 2,763 games and both debuted before the Tampa Bay Rays were even founded.
The real treasure to come is Colon’s at bats. He is primed to make his 112th plate appearance, where he will be chasing the 11th hit of his career.
Fun fact: He has never walked. Ever. In 17 years and 111 plate appearances.
Yadier Molina continues to lead the offense for St. Louis. The MVP-caliber catcher has a 14 game hitting streak, over which he is hitting .429. Wednesday he recorded two doubles and a single to make it six hits in three games for the series. He is not in the lineup Thursday.