Lance Lynn's otherwise strong 2015 season limped to a disappointing finish, and we may have an explanation. The 28-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in November, and it was subsequently reported that he had been dealing with an elbow issue since the middle of the season. If you were wondering how to respond to the 1.66 WHIP that Lynn composed over his final 12 starts, now you won't have to in redraft leagues. Lynn will miss all of the 2016 season as he recovers from surgery. However, he is still worth protecting in deep keeper formats, especially now that we have a plausible explanation for his late-season struggles.
Lynn underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday and will miss the entire 2016 season, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. While Lynn battled elbow and forearm issues toward the middle of the year, there was never any indication that his ulnar collateral ligament was damaged. The right-hander allowed just one run over his final three starts of 2015, lowering his ERA for the season to 3.03. Fortunately for St. Louis, Adam Wainwright should be available to step into Lynn's rotation spot, with Tyler Lyons, Tim Cooney (abdomen) and Marco Gonzalez waiting in the wings if there are other injuries.
Cardnals pitcher Lance Lynn is available out of the bullpen Friday for Game 1 of the NLDS, per MLB.com. Manager Mike Matheny suggested he would only turn to Lynn in an emergency, perhaps if John Lackey is chased early or the game goes into extras. Lynn finished the regular season with a 3.03 ERA and 167 strikeouts, but showed some signs of fatigue down the stretch. He will start Game 4 on Tuesday, if necessary.
Lynn will start Game 4 of the NLDS, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. It's unclear who Lynn will matchup against as the Mets have yet to officially announce their Game 4 starter, however it appears as if he might face Steven Matz who is attempting bounce back from an injury to his back which he suffered near the end of September. Lynn has been automatic as of late, giving up just one run in his last 16 innings. That being said, anything can change during the postseason.
Cardinals starter Lance Lynn went five scoreless innings en route to a no-decision Monday, allowing four hits while walking four and striking out six in a 3-0 victory over the Pirates. Lynn has quelled concerns of late-season fatigue by tossing 11 scoreless innings in his last two outings. The right-hander pitched out of trouble in the third inning, stranding the bases loaded with one out by retiring Starling Marte and Neil Walker. Lynn's four walks contributed to a high pitch count given his five-inning performance; the 28-year-old has not exceeded six innings in the month of September. On his final start of the regular season, Lynn will take on the Braves at Turner Field on Sunday.
Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (12-10) went six shutout innings Wednesday, allowing four hits while walking none and striking out four in a 10-2 drubbing of the Reds. Lynn departed at 89 pitches, having been staked to a comfortable 6-0 lead by the end of the fifth inning. Wednesday's excellent start ends a string of poor performances from Lynn, who had pitched to a 9.26 ERA in his last three outings. As the Cardinals advance their lead in the NL Central, look for Lynn to see an innings decrease in anticipation of the playoffs.