Lance Lynn. 20 comments


The Rangers got a pitcher. The Rangers got a pitcher.

Lance Lynn. Formerly of the Cardinals and Twins. Most recently of the Yankees.

Lynn is a 31-year-old right hander from my hometown of Indianapolis, with a nice career winning percentage of .590, who was on his way to a very fine career until Tommy John wiped out his entire 2016 season.

He stared in the Cardinals bullpen as a rookie in 2011. Lynn was the winning pitcher in Game 3 of the World Series against the Rangers, and appeared in five games in that series overall. He gave up back to back home runs to Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz in the seventh inning of Game 6, which at the time broke a 4-4 tie and put the Rangers up 6-4. He pitched a scoreless eight inning in Game 7.

But it was his second season, 2012, when Lynn really stood out. He was an All-Star, starting 35 games and posting an 18-7 record and a 3.78 ERA.

Lynn followed that up with three more strong seasons, going 15-10 in both 2013 and 2014, with an ERA of 3.97, then 2.74, and winning 13 games in 2015, with a really nice ERA of 3.03.

He missed all of 2016, and came back strong in 2017, leading the National League in starts with 33, and posting a nice 3.43 ERA.

He was going to hit free agency with a bang, and was one of the more coveted starters on the market last off-season. Unfortunately, he became one of the victims of the cold shoulder teams paid to so many free agents, not signing a contract with the Twins until the middle of spring training, then rushing to get ready. It showed. He struggled out of the gate in 2018. After his first five starts, with the Twins losing all five games, he was 0-3 with an 8.37 ERA. He recovered somewhat from that point on, and was traded to the Yankees at the deadline, with a 7-8 record and 5.10 ERA. In his 11 Yankee starts, he posted a 4.14 ERA.

According to, Lynn relies primarily on a four-seam fastball that sits at 94 MPH and a 93-MPH sinker, and mixes in a cutter and a curve.

He reportedly signed a three-year deal. If he finds the form he had before last year, this could be a very smart signing.

Welcome to Texas, Mr. Lynn. You are desperately needed.