Lance Lynn pitched 8 shutout innings last night (6/23) against the Colorado Rockies, paving the way for the Cardinals to hand the Rockies their first home shutout of 2014. Lynn is now 8 and 5 on the year with a 2.90 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Since last checking in, he has lowered his ERA from 3.83 while going 4-3 in that span with a 2.06 ERA. He threw his first career complete game shutout on 5/27 against the New York Yankees. He pitched even better (according to game score) on 6/13 against the Nationals allowing only 2 hits and striking out 8 while walking none over 8 innings. His ERA+ is 127 on the year and his FIP is 3.23 and he has accumulated 1.5 WAR on the year which is on pace for a career high. Saw this on the Cards SBNation site, and either misremembered or forgot* - but did y'all know Lynn was in the 1999 Little League World Series? (I saw this on Viva El Birdos which have an interesting breakdown on his four seam fastball here as well).
(*I drinks a bit)
Lance Lynn Game Scores
- 86 - 6/13/14 vs Washington Nationals
- 83 - 6/23/14 vs Colorado
- 83 - 6/12/12 (career high 12 K I believe) against the Cubs
- 79 - 4/14/14
- 76 - 5/27/14 (first career shutout vs NYY)
- 76 - 5/24/13
Drew Pomeranz went on the DL last Tuesday (6/17) with a fracture of his non-pitching right hand. He apparently broke his hand after getting pulled in a frustrating outing against the Rangers. As noted in his return to the rotation, he had started for Oakland since May 7, and had pitched a couple of stellar outings. His only start following the draft update was the bad start against the Rangers. He now sits at 5-4, but with a 2.91 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. His ERA+ is 130 and his FIP is 4.24; he is at 0.8 WAR on the year. I did not see a time table for his return. "Good! That's good; when you get in a fight with a drunk you don't hit him with your pitching hand. God, I can't keep giving you these free lessons so quit screwin' around and help me up." See also, chairs or water coolers and other inanimate objects.
Aaron Barrett continues to put together good outings in the Nationals bullpen. He sits at 3-0 on the year, 4 holds, with a 1.75 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 212 ERA +, 2.31 FIP, and 0.9 WAR. He has struck out 31 in 25 and 2/3 innings.
Zack Cozart continues to be a no-hit, great fielding player for the Reds. He is only hitting .233/.273/.311 for a 63 OPS+ on the year, but has racked up 1.2 dWAR and has 0.8 WAR on the year. From May 10 to now, he has hit .272/.313/.346 which will keep him on the field at the least and he started 36 of 37 games played in that span.
Alex Presley is still in an apparent platoon in Houston. He is only hitting .234/.282/.317 on the year, without the defense that Cozart provides.
Seth Smith cooled off a bit, and is now hitting .290/.398/.524 with an OPS+ of 164 with 8 HR, 24 RBI, and 2.8 WAR.
Chris Coghlan is back up with the Cubs, but hitting just .205/.290/.361.
I will update the minors along with some other info in my next post in the next week or two. If there is anything or anyone you'd like updated, let me know. Also, John Gatlin apparently signed with the Houston Astros which makes 10 Rebels with the possibility of going pro this year.