ATLANTA, GA - MAY 28: Lance Lynn #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 28, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) By Kevin C. Cox
ATLANTA (BaseballStL) -- To say that Lance Lynn (8-1) has been a solid fill-in for the injured Chris Carpenter would be a major understatement after notching a league-best eighth win Monday.
Lynn dominated the struggling Atlanta Braves, who has dropped eight straight, for seven strong innings allowing only five hits while walking one in the 8-2 victory.
“I might have had my best stuff of the year,” Lynn told reporters following his second straight win.
From a fan’s perspective, it was the perfect rebound for the reliever-turned-starter to dominate the same team that gave him his only loss this season. Lynn allowed three earned runs on only four hits in a 7-4 loss to the Braves on Mother’s Day.
Lynn has been a reliever-turned-starter only at the major league level and it should be noted that he started 72 games at the minor league level with great success as he compiled a 32-18 record with a 3.69 earned run average.
The 25-year-old right hander is also in the league’s top 15 in earned run average (2.54) and opponent’s batting average (.211) in 2012.