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STL 7, MIN 5: Lynn with a Dud Again

Lance Lynn had been struggling, but this was his chance at sweet, sweet revenge against his former team who showed no interest in bringing him back for 2018. He responded to the occasion by … throwing another clunker.
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Snapshot Info
Record: 18-21
Lynn: Game Score 38, 56.1 Strike%, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Bullpen: 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 IR, 1 IS, 5 K, 2 BB
Hitters: 3-for-8 w/RISP, 7 LOB, 6 K, 5 BB
Top 3 per WPA: Morrison .230, Rosario .173, Grossman .078

Win Expectancy Chart (via FanGraphs)
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Lynn only lasted three innings and it took him 82 pitches just to get that far. He walked another four batters. His ERA on the year ticked up to 7.47. Ick.

The bullpen also ran into some trouble. Taylor Rogers gave up a run while recording five outs, Ryan Pressly was charged with two earned runs in his inning of work, though one of those scored while Zach Duke was on the bump, and Phil Hughes gave up a home run to the first batter he faced. The only members of the bullpen who didn’t appear in this one were Trevor Hildenberger and Fernando Rodney. Good thing the Twins are off tomorrow.

Despite the shaky performance from the pitching staff, the Twins still had the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth inning. Logan Morrison was 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run, which was the only extra-base hit for the Twins today. Eddie Rosario was 3-for-4 with a walk and Joe Mauer picked up a pair of hits.

There was a lot of traffic on the bases in this one. The teams combined for 23 hits, 11 walks and left a total of 17 runners on base.

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The problem with a “pretend” injury is that the player has to sign off on it too, if I am not mistaken. What’s the upside of going on the DL for Lynn?

His only chance at cashing in this offseason is taking his turn every 5 days and doing well at the MLB level. Going on the DL and “rehabbing” isn’t going to help at all, even if he does well down there.

I think its in Lynn's best interests to figure things out.All he's doing now is padding stats in the wrong direction.They might give him a longer leash in the minors. If he struggles another month and then gets better it would be like a rest button for him. Fresh start after some time away can do wonders.  

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How many more horrible starts would you keep him?

 

And, anyone that wants King Felix at this point is not paying attention the last few years. Most of those teams, though not all, are NOT playoff contendors, or if they are, are so good elsewhere they can take chances. 

 

Also, do those teams have Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA right now?

 

I might want 3-4 of those names, maybe, and not as starters right now. Some of them are inexperienced enough to have options, and can be sent down by their current teams....

 

How many more horrible starts would you keep him?

 

6... However... I want to be clear that I just made a number.:)

 

Most of those teams, though not all, are NOT playoff contendors, or if they are, are so good elsewhere they can take chances.

 

My point was that with the exception of the Dark Knight, Nobody is just tossing them away. I suspect that the Mets may have been fed up with something about Matt Harvey beyond his performance and I only suspect that because... nobody is just tossing these guys away. As bad as Harvey has been... the Mets were still able to get a Catcher with a little track record in return. There are contenders on the list and there are non-contenders. Teams do not willingly reduce depth especially multi-million dollar depth. Waiting for the Twins to do something nobody else is doing will probably be a little bit of a wait. Tossing Lynn instead of working with him to get back to past form is an over-reaction in my opinion and a waste of a lot of money especially if he signs with the Pirates and starts pitching like he used to. 

 

Also, do those teams have Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA right now?

 

To my knowledge... the Minnesota Twins are the only team that has Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA Right now.:)

 

The other teams have other guys with different names. 

 

    • USAFChief, jorgenswest, Mike Sixel and 1 other like this

How many more horrible starts would you keep him?

6... However... I want to be clear that I just made a number. :)

Most of those teams, though not all, are NOT playoff contendors, or if they are, are so good elsewhere they can take chances.

My point was that with the exception of the Dark Knight, Nobody is just tossing them away. I suspect that the Mets may have been fed up with something about Matt Harvey beyond his performance and I only suspect that because... nobody is just tossing these guys away. As bad as Harvey has been... the Mets were still able to get a Catcher with a little track record in return. There are contenders on the list and there are non-contenders. Teams do not willingly reduce depth especially multi-million dollar depth. Waiting for the Twins to do something nobody else is doing will probably be a little bit of a wait. Tossing Lynn instead of working with him to get back to past form is an over-reaction in my opinion and a waste of a lot of money especially if he signs with the Pirates and starts pitching like he used to.

Also, do those teams have Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA right now?

To my knowledge... the Minnesota Twins are the only team that has Slegers and Gonsalves in AAA Right now. :)

The other teams have other guys with different names.


So much love for this response
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