April 24, 2014

10 wins for Lance Lynn

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn takes the throw from first baseman Matt Adams to get Chicago Cubs Ryan Sweeney at first base in the second inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 20, 2013   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn takes the throw from first baseman Matt Adams to get Chicago Cubs Ryan Sweeney at first base. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn improved to 10-1, by allowing the Chicago Cubs just one run on three hits in six innings with six strikeouts in a 6-1 Cardinals victory. With the win, Lynn has reached double digits before the All-Star break in his two years in the rotation. (He went 11-4 last year before making the N.L. squad in Kansas City.) He joins Adam Wainwright, Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann and Detroit’s Max Scherzer for the major league lead in wins.

The question for the second half.  Will Lynn be able to keep up his performance or will he struggle again like last season?  It was a concern brought up during a recent Cardinals-Google Hangout.

Matt Holliday homered and drove in two runs, while Yadier Molina batted fourth for the first time this season and walked twice with a double, raising his NL-leading average to .366. Struggling Allen Craig was set to have the night off, but came on to pinch hit with the bases loaded and drove in a two-run single, a part of a four-run, sixth inning.