PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The leaner, lighter Lance Lynn made his spring debut Wednesday with a two-inning start against the New York Mets at Tradition Field.
And he was pleased with the results.
The hard-throwing Lynn lost 40 pounds in the offseason, causing some to wonder how it would affect him on the mound. The right-hander could tell an obvious difference.
“It was easy just to throw,” Lynn said. “I didn’t feel like I was trying at all. I don’t know if it was because of that or if it was because it was two innings and I only threw 27 pitches, but everything felt easy and it was working.
“That’s somewhere to build off of and I’m looking forward to the next time out. “
Lynn allowed four hits in two innings including a two-run homer to John Buck that barely snuck over the wall in right field. He had three strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter among his 28 pitches.
“It was good,” Lynn said. “You always just want to get out there and make sure you feel good getting out of the first one. For the most part I was throwing the ball where I wanted to and was throwing strikes and that’s all you ask for the first time out.
“I wasn’t really worried about striking anybody out or giving up hits, I just wanted to fill up the strike zone. It’s a good one to build off of. My breaking stuff was around the plate for the most part. I can only go up from there. I’ll just keep working but the ball felt good today so that’s all that matters.”