Lynn passes Ryan.

Lance Lynn strikes out Khris Davis for an even dozen.

Anytime you can pass Nolan Ryan on any list you are doing well.

With twelve strikeouts yesterday, Lance Lynn moved into third place on the franchise list of most strikeouts in a season, passing Ryan’s 232 in 1990.

Second is Yu Darvish, who racked up 277 in his brilliant 2013 season.

And way out in the lead is that same Nolan Ryan, who chalked up 301 strikeouts in a Texas Rangers uniform in 1999.

It was another dominating pitching performance from Lance Lynn for a Rangers team that badly needed it.

Texas had lost seven in a row and were in danger of being swept in three straight series.

They needed someone to step up. Lance Lynn did in a big way. He stopped the bleeding. Five Rangers home runs, three of those in the first inning, helped.

Lynn is one of the bright spots for the Rangers in 2019, and one of the most impactful free agent signings of the off-season.

Heading into his last start of the season, which will be the last game of the season, Lynn has racked up 20 quality starts out of his 32, tied for ninth best in baseball. He is sixth in strikeouts. Tied for tenth in wins. Fifth in innings pitched.

With Lynn and Mike Minor, the Rangers have two starters set for next season. 

Now if they can just build a team around them.