Lynn faces adversity for the first time

Lynn faces adversity for the first time

Lynn faces adversity for the first time

Print
Email
|

by Brian Feldman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 4:12 AM

(BaseballStL) -- Well...we knew this day was coming.  It wasn't going to last forever.  Lance Lynn wasn't going to go the entire season throwing 7 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 12.  It just wasn't going to happen.

Lynn has easily his worst start of the season against the Tigers by surrendering 5 runs in just 5 innings.  He needs 102 pitches to do it too.  It was a rough night all around for him.  He just didn't have the location that he normally does.  A lot of his fastballs were up...and let's face it...that's the pitch that Lynn relies on to set up his others.

If you can't locate, you won't be successful.  Just ask Jake Westbrook.  And that's the one thing that left Lance Lynn on this night in Detroit.

The question now is...where does he go from here?  Is he going to let this bother him and take this game's struggles into his next start in 5 days?  Is he going to let one rough start turn into 4 rough starts?  Or is he going to have a short memory and fix what went wrong in this one?

Honestly...no one has any idea what is going to happen.  There is absolutely zero track record for Lance Lynn as a major league starter.  He was a reliever in the majors last year save for a couple fill-in starts midseason.  There's no frame of reference here.

I don't care if your name is Chris Carpenter, Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia or Lance Lynn...you're going to have some rough starts throughout the course of a season.  It's going to happen.  But the great ones are able to make the adjustments from start to start and understand what went wrong so they don't do it again.

The great ones are able to counter the adjustments that hitters are making against them.  You see...when you're new as a pitcher there's no scouting report on you.  Hitters look at your name on the card before the game and say "who is this???".  They've got no idea what pitches you throw or what the ball looks like out of your hand.

So when a pitcher is new, it is completely to his advantage.  That is until the hitters start to have more of a scouting report on you.  Then they start to learn what you like to do and they begin to adjust.

Well, as a pitcher, you've got to adjust to those adjustments.

The moral of the story here with Lance Lynn is this.  The longer he pitches, the longer he has success...the more we're going to learn about him and just how good he can be.  There will be bumps along the road.  This was the first one.  Let's see how he responds.

Print
Email
|