Lance Lynn
SP FA
23 hours ago

Lynn declined the Cardinals' qualifying offer prior to Thursday's deadline, Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Following the rejection of his $17.4 million offer, Lynn will officially become a free agent and is ready to test the open market this winter. The 30-year-old started 33 games for St. Louis this past season, posting a 3.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 186.1 innings.

Lance Lynn
SP FA
1 week ago

Lynn was tendered a qualifying offer by the Cardinals prior to Monday's deadline, the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's expected that he'll decline the one-year, $17.4 million tender and seek a multi-year contract on the open market in the coming weeks. Lynn pitched well in 2017 after missing all of 2016 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he's fallen short of 200 innings in each of the last four seasons he's pitched. If Lynn enters the market as expected, he'll be doing so following a season that included the lowest strikeout rate (7.4 K/9), highest walk rate (3.8 BB/9), and highest home-run rate (1.30 HR/9) of his career.

Lance Lynn
SP FA
2 months ago

Lynn allowed one run on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts over five innings in Thursday's no-decision against the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn held Chicago off the board after surrendering an Ian Happ home run in the first, but still needed 86 pitches to get through five frames while finishing one walk shy of his season worst. The 30-year-old righty faded down the stretch, failing to pitch more than five innings in any of his final four starts after logging at least six in each of his previous 12 outings and posting quality starts in all but one of those. Lynn did a tremendous job of rebuilding his value heading into free agency after missing all of the 2016 campaign due to Tommy John surgery, finishing with double-digit wins for the fifth time while posting a 3.43 ERA.

Lance Lynn
SP FA
2 months ago

Lynn (11-8) took the loss Saturday, giving up eight runs on six hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning against the Pirates. He struck out one batter.

EDGE Analysis

This was a disaster, as Lynn only managed two outs on 42 pitches (25 strikes). His season ERA has jumped more than half a run --

from 2.94 to 3.47 -- over his last three starts, and he has just three more strikeouts (16) than walks (13) in five September outings. Fatigue may be a factor, with Lynn now past 180 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. He lines up to face the Cubs at home next week in his final start of the regular season.

Lance Lynn
SP FA
2 months ago

Lynn lasted only four innings in Sunday's no-decision at Wrigley Field, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn exited down 3-0, but Dexter Fowler's sixth-inning three-run homer got him off the hook even though Chicago ultimately triumphed 4-3. While this is the second consecutive start in which Lynn has pitched five or fewer innings while allowing three earned runs, he had been rock-solid with 11 quality starts in his previous 12 outings. Look for him to bounce back on the road Saturday against the light-hitting Pirates.

Lance Lynn
SP FA
2 months ago

Lynn (11-7) got the win Tuesday against the Reds after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts over five innings.

EDGE Analysis

This wasn't Lynn's sharpest outing, but St. Louis' offense bailed him out in a 13-4 win. The righty has been a dependable source of victories on a perennially decent Cardinals team, reaching double-digit wins in each of his five full major-league seasons. He had notched quality starts in 11 of his previous 12 outings coming in, so expect Lynn to bounce back in his next start Sunday against the Cubs.

Lance Lynn
SP FA
2 months ago

Lynn (10-7) took the loss Thursday despite allowing just one run on six hits and one walk over six innings against the Padres. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

Luck wasn't on Lynn's side in this one; three of the six hits against him were infield singles, all coming in the first inning, and he didn't get any help from his offense. Lynn has been on an excellent run over the last two and a half months, allowing more than two runs just once in his last 13 starts to lower his ERA to 2.94. Now close to two full years removed from Tommy John surgery, Lynn appears headed for a big payday in free agency this winter.

Lance Lynn
SP FA
2 months ago

Lynn was outstanding Saturday against the Giants, completing eight shutout innings while allowing just one hit, walking four and striking our four. He did not factor into the decision, however.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn was in line for the victory after departing, but the St. Louis bullpen wound up blowing the team's small lead in the ninth inning to leave the starter with a no-decision. Since the All-Star break, the 30-year-old has been pitching like an ace, logging a 1.99 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 10 second-half starts. He'll look to keep the good times going in his next start Thursday in San Diego.

Lance Lynn
SP FA
3 months ago

Lynn didn't factor into the decision Sunday against the Rays after allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts over seven innings.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn and Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer matched zeroes in the first three innings, but Lynn blinked in the fourth on a solo homer by Logan Morrison and surrendered a solo shot to Brad Miller in the seventh. St. Louis' offense took him off the hook with two late home runs of its own, so Lynn still hasn't lost since July 4 while firing nine quality starts in 10 subsequent appearances. Expect another strong outing Saturday in San Francisco.

Lance Lynn
SP FA
3 months ago

Lynn allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four over six innings during Tuesday's loss to the Padres. He did not factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Lynn allowed only seven baserunners in his six innings of work Tuesday, but was twice punished by Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte. Solarte ripped a three-run double in the third inning and added an RBI double in the fifth to account for all four of Lynn's earned runs. Tuesday's shaky performance was the 30-year-old's first non-quality start since July 4, snapping a streak of eight consecutive quality outings. He'll look to rebound in his upcoming Sunday start against the Rays.