ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – Okay, okay, it came against the Colorado Rockies but there is no denying that Lance Lynn’s performance on Thursday was All-Star worthy.
It would be easy to second guess the choice to make Lynn an All-Star after his previous three starts, but it appears to be a no-brainer after most recently shutting down the Rockies.
Lynn had allowed a whopping total of 17 earned runs in 15.1 innings pitched prior to Thursday’s start which had been uncharacteristic based on the rest of his season. (As a matter of fact, Lynn had allowed 16 earned runs over 48 innings pitched prior to the recent rough stretch.)
The right-hander went back to his dominant ways allowing four hits and striking out seven over six innings pitched on Thursday. It was the start that the Cardinals not only wanted but needed.
After this week’s news of Chris Carpenter being shut down for the year, it was easy to hit the panic button on the Cardinals starting pitching. Do the Cardinals need to make a trade for starting pitching? It is a tough call because Lynn has displayed dominance at times and Joe Kelly has been effective in each of his starts, but it has yet to be seen if they can maintain their effectiveness as the innings pile up.
Last season, Lynn threw a total of 109.2 innings between stints with the Cardinals and Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds. He has already thrown 103 innings this year.