St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Lance Lynn throws during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League championship series against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) By Matt Slocum
(BaseballStL) -- St. Louis Cardinals reliever Lance Lynn had not pitched prior to the start of the NLCS against the Milwaukee Brewers since straining his oblique muscle in August.
Since his return to the active roster, Lynn has appeared in all three games of the NLCS and has surrendered only one hit in three innings pitched. He picked up the victory in Game 2 while throwing only one pitch that induced an inning-ending double play while the Brewers threatened to score early.
Lynn continued strong in Game 3 allowing no hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
Since his move to the bullpen earlier in the season, Tony La Russa believes Lynn has only been better and cites that even on days where the right-hander does not have his velocity he can still spots the ball to get the outs.
“He was absolutely not intimidated by the situation or circumstance,” La Russa says about Lynn’s move to the bullpen.
Cardinals reliever Jason Motte was not certain if Lynn would come off the disabled list to pitch this postseason, but credits him for the strong work ethic that got him to where he is today.
“He’s a big strong guy and he goes out there and worked hard,” Motte said. “He’s come out and done a great job for us so far.”
The Cardinals will play next on Thursday at 7:05 CT at Busch Stadium for Game 4.