Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Dugout  |  Last updated 3/16/12

“We’re in a spot where we need to prepare, we need to prepare in case Carp can’t make it. And if so you’re the guy we want in there,” said Cardinals manager Mike Metheny.

Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals

That’s the advice that Metheny was giving to 24-year-old Lance Lynn who was being groomed as Jason Motte’s setup man in the Cardinals bullpen this year.

Carp is Chris Carpenter–a former Cy Young Award winner who just happened to outduel Roy Halladay 1-0 in game 5 of the NLDS last year.  Unfortunately, the Cardinals may have to start the season without Carpenter this year as he continues to suffer from a bulging disc.  Just a little over 2 weeks from the start of the season, Carpenter has still not even thrown batting practice in Cardinals’ camp.

Lynn had a great postseason last year, winning 2 games for the Cardinals on their way to their unexpected World Series title.  He ended the regular season with 18 appearances and a 3.12 ERA.  In 12 starts at Triple-A Memphis, Lynn was 3.84/1.39 with a 7-3 record.

The Cardinals were impressed with his first start on Wednesday this week as Lynn reached 96 MPH with his fastball on several occasions.

Fantasy Baseball Projection: Lance Lynn — It’s hard to imagine Lynn having much of an impact in most fantasy baseball leagues, at least unless Carpenter’s time on the shelf goes much beyond April.  And, when Carpenter returns, he’ll be relegated the virtual fantasy baseball wasteland of being a setup man.  We’d take a wait and see approach on Lynn.  Unless he comes out of the gate in a big way, there won’t be a lot of competing managers interested in him.

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