DETROIT (BaseballStL) – Lance Lynn had to outduel former Cy Young winner Jake Peavy for his league-leading tenth win in his last. If he wants No. 11, he will have to out-pitch reigning AL Cy Young winner and MVP Justin Verlander – a task easier said than done.
Although he is posting similar numbers to the ones in 2011, Verlander’s pitching record is way off pace this year. He posted a whopping 24-5 record in 34 starts last year but is only 6-4 in 14 starts in his eighth season with Detroit. This season Verlander has a 2.66 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 101.2 innings pitched.
Verlander is 2-1 in three career starts against the Cardinals allowing eleven runs in 18 innings pitched.
Lynn comes into the series-opener red hot with seven wins in his last ten starts and 23 strikeouts in the last 13.1 innings pitched. He dominated the White Sox in his last outing, a 1-0 win, scattering three hits and a career-high 12 strikeouts over 7.1 innings.
For most of the season, Lynn has been tied for the league lead in wins vying with Cole Hamels and most recently R.A. Dickey, who beat the Orioles for his eleventh win on Monday night.
Lynn has posted a 10-2 record with a 2.42 ERA in 13 starts while striking out 86 batters over 81.2 innings this season.
The game is scheduled to start at 6:05 CST.