Lynn allowed one run on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts over five innings in Thursday's no-decision against the Cubs. Lynn held Chicago off the board after surrendering an Ian Happ home run in the first, but still needed 86 pitches to get through five frames while finishing one walk shy of his season worst. The 30-year-old righty faded down the stretch, failing to pitch more than five innings in any of his final four starts after logging at least six in each of his previous 12 outings and posting quality starts in all but one of those. Lynn did a tremendous job of rebuilding his value heading into free agency after missing all of the 2016 campaign due to Tommy John surgery, finishing with double-digit wins for the fifth time while posting a 3.43 ERA.
Lynn (11-8) took the loss Saturday, giving up eight runs on six hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning against the Pirates. He struck out one batter. This was a disaster, as Lynn only managed two outs on 42 pitches (25 strikes). His season ERA has jumped more than half a run -- from 2.94 to 3.47 -- over his last three starts, and he has just three more strikeouts (16) than walks (13) in five September outings. Fatigue may be a factor, with Lynn now past 180 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. He lines up to face the Cubs at home next week in his final start of the regular season.
Lynn lasted only four innings in Sunday's no-decision at Wrigley Field, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Lynn exited down 3-0, but Dexter Fowler's sixth-inning, three-run homer got him off the hook even though Chicago ultimately triumphed 4-3. While this is the second consecutive start in which Lynn has pitched five or fewer innings while allowing three earned runs, he had been rock-solid with 11 quality starts in his previous 12 outings. Look for him to bounce back on the road Saturday against the light-hitting Pirates.
Lynn (11-7) got the win Tuesday against the Reds after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts over five innings. This wasn't Lynn's sharpest outing, but St. Louis' offense bailed him out in a 13-4 win. The righty has been a dependable source of victories on a perennially decent Cardinals team, reaching double-digit wins in each of his five full major-league seasons. He had notched quality starts in 11 of his previous 12 outings coming in, so expect Lynn to bounce back in his next start Sunday against the Cubs.
Lynn (10-7) took the loss Thursday despite allowing just one run on six hits and one walk over six innings against the Padres. He struck out three. Luck wasn't on Lynn's side in this one; three of the six hits against him were infield singles, all coming in the first inning, and he didn't get any help from his offense. Lynn has been on an excellent run over the last two and a half months, allowing more than two runs just once in his last 13 starts to lower his ERA to 2.94. Now close to two full years removed from Tommy John surgery, Lynn appears headed for a big payday in free agency this winter.
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