Matt Cain will start for the National League. After that, according to manager Tony La Russa, all bets are off. La Russa has been supplied with an arsenal of live ammo coming out of that bullpen, and that may be exactly what the NL needs to overcome, what I think is, a powerful AL lineup. So, where does Cardinals All-Star Lance Lynn figure into all of this?
As of late Monday afternoon, Lynn had not met up with his former manager and has no idea what the plans are for Tuesday night’s game. Given that La Russa used Lynn out of the bullpen in specialized situations, one could expect a similar situation tonight.
After Cain, La Russa can go with plenty of lefty-righty situations if he needs too. La Russa carries four southpaws on his NL roster. 25 year old Wade Miley from Arizona, Phillies starter Cole Hamels, Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw and Reds stopper Ardolis Chapman.
Whatever Lynn’s role is for the game, he’s pleased to be in Kansas City and fans have been impressed with how he stepped into the starter’s role after Chris Carpenter’s injury. However, Lynn was a starter in the minors, so 2011 was perhaps a bigger adjustment moving out to the bullpen.
AUDIO Lance Lynn talks about the All-Star game and how he got here (2:15)