The St. Louis Cardinals’ leader in victories this past season was a rookie reliever the year before. In 2012, Lance Lynn won 17 games in the rotation and another out of the bullpen.
Starting 29 games, Lynn logged 16 quality starts and a 17-5 record. His strikeout rate of 9.1 per nine innings was best among the seven Cardinals starters.
Lynn was hot from the very beginning. Elevated to the rotation to replace injured Chris Carpenter, he posted a 2.61 spring ERA. Lynn went on to be named to the National League all-star team, sporting a 9-4 record and a 3.28 ERA in the first half.
Yet, it was not all roses for the 25-year-old.
After going winless in five consecutive starts to open August, Lynn was moved into the bullpen. He was returned to the rotation three weeks later and made four starts to close the regular season, winning all four.
In the Wild Card game at Atlanta, Lynn collected a lone out. He then went 1-1 while allowing three runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief in the NLDS. Lynn ...