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Lance Lynn shut down the Rockies at Coors Field, but not before fixing his pitch-tipping

Jun 24, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn allowed a pair of homers in an otherwise decent June 6 start against the Blue Jays, in Toronto, and was apparently convinced afterward that he’d been tipping some of his pitches.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch described how Lynn and the coaching staff noticed and then fixed the issue:

The hitters’ reaction to his breaking ball was telling, and to combat their read on him Lynn changed the positions of his hand. He’d been more consistent from the stretch, so he lowered his hands from the windup, too, and “stopped the up-down motion.” The benefit has been an increased command of his fastball and less wild, untamed movement from his sinker. His curveball has also been more effective.

Last night Lynn tossed eight shutout inning against the Rockies, at Coors Field, and since that June 6 start against the Blue Jays he’s thrown 22 innings with a 0.82 ERA and 20/4 K/BB ratio.

  1. gibbyfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I think as long as they can remain healthy the Cards have enough talent to weather the storm of having lost Wach and Garcia–even if it’s for the whole season. With Waino, Miller, Lynn, JK and CM they have a better rotation than most…….

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      If Lynn is “fixed,” it makes it easier to have Miller as part of David Price trade talk, too.

      • gibbyfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        I hope management doesn’t move on Price…..they will wind uphaving to spend huge $$ to ultimately sign him with all the inherent risks that go along with it..they should keep doing what they have been doing with the young talent and save the bank for their key pitchers –they will need every penny to keep what they have.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        I’m OK with, say Miller + Taveras (I’d try Piscotty or Grichuk first) plus, say, Alexander Reyes as a swap. If you can’t get Price to do less than $21M a year on a new contract in 2016 (and give Waino an equality bump) you give him the QO and let him walk. If he stays, you let Lynn walk, because you’ve got talent coming up the pipeline anyway.

        I would NOT include Marco Gonzales on Price talks.

        I would NOT trade for Shields because he’s 4 years older than Price, and because the Cards couldn’t give him a QO if they can’t come to terms.

      • paperlions - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        If the Cardinals offered Taveras, Miller, and Reyes for Price. The Rays would box him up and and send him overnight with free shipping and handling.

      • kycardsfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Taveras is not going anywhere. Better chance of Allen Craig or Matt Adams being dealt and Taveras being slotted in the vacated lineup spot. This team still has a great shot of making the postseason this season and once you get in who knows. I would love to have Price and Waino in a playoff rotation, but not at the cost of a potential star like Taveras.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        @Lions … That’s my top-end offer, of course. I’d start lower, especially on what OF I’d offer. And, I don’t get Rays fans saying this, or even something lower, like Piscotty instead of Taveras or Lynn instead of Miller, even, is a “homer” offer.

        I’d prefer to offer Lynn. He’s not as good as Miller, but he’s certainly not as bad, or nearly so, as some claim. That said, he’s a year further down the arbitration clock, and the Rays are looking for cost control, of course, so Miller would be more attractive to them for that reason. In exchange, that’s why I’d have Mo start lower on any OF he offers … it’s all part of negotiations.

        Reyes … I’d try running Greg Garcia by them first as the third-player sweetener. I don’t think GG will ever be an everyday MLB SS, but he could be an MLB 2B. And if the Rays let Zobrist go after his 2015 option year, that meets another future need of theirs.


        @KY … One of the prospect OFs will get moved as part of the deal, if a deal happens. It could be somebody lesser than Taveras, of course.

        As for Craig? I don’t see the Rays having interest. Loney at 1B is under relatively cheap contract for 2 years after this; DeJesus at DH has another full year after this. If they’re looking for a 1B/DH type as a big part of the deal, they look at the Angels and Cron. But, the Angels have to throw pitching in the mix, too; what Topkin, the Tampa sportswriter, projected from the Angels, wouldn’t be enough in my book.

      • jvandever007 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        I don’t understand why everyone wants price so much.if the cards are gonna go after a ace that is a leftywhy not got get hamels? The cards would probably not to give up as much and we wouldn’t have toworry about him walking after next year

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        @JVan: Because Hamels has 600 more innings of mileage and 2 more years of age on his belt, and a contract that runs until 34 at $22.5, plus a vesting option at 35, at $24M, or a $20M buyout.

        Especially given that Hamels has been a bit iffy this year, not only would I offer less for him, Philly would have to eat some contract.

        Finally, a few wins have once again put Ruben Amaro into delusions of thinking that Philly is actually competitive.

        And that’s why, although several teams took a look at Price’s most recent start, nobody did the same with Hamels. Or will.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Well, gibby, “stay healthy” just took another hit tonight with Miller’s early back-induced exodus.

    • scruffmagee - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Well, at least they stayed healthy for most of yesterday……

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    I am pleased that Lance Lynn has been fixed.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      I once had a cat named Lance, who was a wonderful pet after he was fixed.

  3. kycardsfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Lance Lynn’s performance last night was more than just 8 innings of shutout ball. He saved the bullpen and set the Cards up well for this gruesome west coast swing. He also gave them some confidence that maybe he can be that dominant guy next to Waino. Hopefully Miller can back it up tonight.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Yeah, eating the innings in a place like Denver is important.

  4. missingdiz - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Lynn looked really good last night–I was at the game. The only time he was in any trouble at all–2 men on in the 6th–he got Tulowitzki to end the inning.
    Adams was terrific. His second home run especially. He sliced a couple balls foul to left before hitting a rocket out to right–off a leftie!

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