Because he was slated to miss the season rehabbing Tommy John surgery, Lance Lynn was out of the fantasy baseball conversation for 2016. Fortunately for the Cardinals and fantasy owners alike, the procedure was a success and Lynn is expected to return to action in 2017. Although it may take a few outings for him to hit his previous stride, as he'll have been away from the majors for over a year, Lynn will look to return to his 2014 and 2015 form. Lynn threw 6.2 innings across three rehab starts in the minors at the latter end of 2016. Although it was a minuscule sample size against subpar competition at High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield, the outings were encouraging nonetheless as he recorded seven strikeouts and allowed just one earned run without surrendering a single walk. Lynn is expected to begin 2017 as a fixture in the St. Louis rotation again and could be a sneaky pick late in fantasy drafts.
Lynn (2-1) allowed a single run on just three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters over six innings during Saturday's win over Milwaukee. The Brewers have scored the fifth-most runs in baseball, so this was an impressive outing from Lynn. He has now allowed just one run through 13 innings while striking out 12 batters over his past two starts. He appears to be back in the groove following 2015 Tommy John surgery and sports an impressive 3.35 ERA and 8.6 K/9 over 132 career starts. He lines up to face the Reds next.
Lynn (1-1) earned his first win of the season Monday with seven scoreless innings against the Pirates, allowing three hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Lynn was unimpressive in his last start, but he turned in a gem this time, allowing just two men past first base. He threw 66 percent of his pitches for strikes and notched a season high in punchouts -- a nice departure from his most recent trip to the mound against the Nationals, in which he issued four free passes. This was an excellent result for Lynn in his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery, and he will look to produce a similar result Saturday against the Brewers.
Lynn (0-1) gave up six runs (four earned) on five hits, including three home runs and four walks while striking out four over five innings in Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Nationals. He managed to throw just 57 of 101 pitches for strikes, and when Lynn did get the ball into the strike zone he was too often just grooving it right down the heart of the plate. Some ups and downs are to be expected for the 29-year-old as he makes his return from Tommy John surgery, however. He'll look to rebound at home Monday against the Pirates.
Lynn allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four in 5.1 innings but came away with a no-decision in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Cubs. It was vintage Lynn, as he needed 98 pitches to get 16 outs but mostly held the opposition in check. The 29-year-old was still in line for his first big-league win since Sept. 23, 2015 before Brett Cecil coughed up four runs in the seventh inning. All in all it was an impressive return from Tommy John surgery for Lynn, but he'll get another tough test Tuesday in Washington.
Lynn will start Thursday against the Cubs. A rainout pushed both Lynn and opposing pitcher John Lackey back one day. The 29-year-old right-hander will be making his first major-league start since October of 2015, marking his official return from Tommy John surgery.
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