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Lance Lynn opens 5-0 for second straight season

May 1, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

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Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn beat the Reds on Wednesday to become the NL’s first five-game winner this year. In so doing, he started a second straight season 5-0.

The 25-year-old Lynn is the fifth pitcher in 2000 to start back-to-back seasons 5-0. Pedro Martinez actually did it three straight years:

Martinez: 5-0 in 2000, 6-0 in 2001, 7-0 in 2002
Brandon Webb: 6-0 in 2005, 8-0 in 2006
Joe Saunders: 6-0 in 2007, 6-0 in 2008
Jered Weaver: 6-0 in 2011, 5-0 in 2012

Martinez went on to accomplish the feat again in 2006 and 2009. No other pitcher has had more than three 5-0 starts since 2000.

Lynn took his first loss of last season to the Braves on May 13. His 2012 start was clearly stronger than this one, as he was 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA after six starts then, compared to 5-0 with a 2.75 ERA after six starts now. Still, his early performance has been a pleasant surprise for the Cardinals; after losing 40 pounds over the winter, he admitted that he was struggling to adapt to his new body this spring.

  1. ultimatecardinalwarrior - May 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    When Lance is locating his fastball, he is a sight to see.

    I’m interested to see the innings difference between his first 6 starts last year and his first 6 starts this year. The whole point of losing the 40 pounds was to try to have him work less for each pitch, allowing him to go deeper into games.

    • jwbiii - May 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      36 IP this season, 38.7 IP last season.

    • forsch31 - May 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Actually, it was more about the season than the innings. By August, Lynn was laboring and unable to keep up his performance, which is why he got shifted to the bullpen for a spell. Innings pitched isn’t going to tell you much at this point, especially since his shortest outing–4 innings in his first start–was due to the fact he got hit around and was pulled.

  2. stoutfiles - May 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    5 Lynns already? Best part is by pitching 7+ Lynnings a game he keeps the bullpen fresh.

    • thomas655 - May 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Better yet, this keeps the Cardinals bullpen off of the field. Most of the relievers have really sucked so far this season.

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