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Lance Lynn not happy about demotion to Cardinals bullpen

Aug 28, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Lance Lynn AP

It’s not often that a starting pitcher with a 13-5 record and 3.89 ERA gets dumped from the rotation and demoted to the bullpen less than two months after making the All-Star team, but that’s exactly what happened to Lance Lynn.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided to pull Lynn from the rotation in favor of rookie Joe Kelly and not surprisingly Lynn isn’t happy about the move. Matheny indicated to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Lynn could be moved back into the rotation if needed, but for now he’ll be in the mix for key spots as a reliever.

Lynn was 12-4 with a 3.10 ERA as recently as July 22, but in six starts since then he posted a 7.31 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .339 with a .990 OPS. Joe Kelly, meanwhile, has a 3.26 ERA in 77 innings and has allowed more than three runs just once in 12 starts. Too much quality starting pitching is certainly a very nice problem to have, although Lynn probably doesn’t see it quite that way.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    You fell apart in August Lance. Ran out of gas, this is a good move for you for the rest of the year. Come back next year and do it again, but be able to hold up the entire year next time.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      All you need to do is look at July 27th to Aug. 27th and it’s enough said

  2. fearlessleader - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Well, hang on. Generally, in headlines like this, “not happy” means (or is meant to be interpreted as) “wronged and disgruntled and eager to vent his grievances to the media.” In this case, it seems to mean “disappointed that his own ineffectiveness cost him a starting job that wasn’t originally supposed to last all season anyway.”

    From the article: “‘You can’t be excited when you’re not doing well,’ said Lynn, who actually has had only one loss and four no-decisions in his last five starts. ‘I can do better.'”

    From last night’s game wrap in the Post, after his first appearance back in the pen: “‘We’ve got a good setup down there to make a good run here,’ Lynn said. ‘It was OK for the first one, getting back into it. Hopefully, I’ll build off that one and do better the next time out.'”

    On a scale from 1 to Aceves, this story is about a 2.

    • forsch31 - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      Based on the headline, you’d think that it was some kind of tantrum he threw to the press. It’s damning that the blog post doesn’t even include exactly what Lynn said. Sensationalistic garbage.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    It’s really a no brainer for Matheny. If you look at what he has done since the All Star break (versus Joe Kelly) this is exactly what needs to happen. As a local kid I would like to see him make it back to the rotation. But he proved last year he is very well suited for the relief role.

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