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Is the third time the charm for Lance Lynn?

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

(BaseballStL) -- The career of Lance Lynn as a St. Louis Cardinal has more twists and turns than a James Patterson novel.  You fall in love with the guy on the mound one day and want him traded to Siberia for a few Rubles the next.

Last night: Lynn dazzles through eight against Nats

Heck, just this month you’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly from Lynn. 

Exhibit A:

June 1st vs San Francisco: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

June 6th at Toronto: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K

June 13th vs Washington: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

Yep.  That just about sums up the career of Lynn as a Cardinal.  He came up in 2011 and dominated out of the bullpen en route to a World Series championship.  2012 began with a bang (making the All Star team) but came to a thudding halt after a disastrous August where his ERA was 6.66. 

2013 was pretty good – again – in the first half but just like the year before he struggled in August (5.84 ERA).

Yes, Lance Lynn’s overall numbers look strong through the first couple months of this regular season in 2014.  He’s 7-4 with a more than respectable 3.16 earned run average.  Opponents are hitting .242 against him as well which isn’t terrible.

But like on June 1st when he lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up 7 runs, there are signs of falling off the edge just like he’s done in the second half the previous two years. 

I’m not sure what to believe when I look at Lance Lynn as a starting pitcher.  He can be so overwhelming on some days and he looks like a no doubt about it frontline starter.  But on others he looks like someone better suited for the back end of a rotation.

Will the third time be the charm for Lynn to show he can be more consistent through a full season?  We’re about to find out.


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