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Lance Lynn’s non-day of rest

What would have been right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn’s final day of rest on Thursday before his Friday start for Triple-A Memphis has changed dramatically, both in timing and location.

Instead of facing Albuquerque at AutoZone Park, Lynn will be making his major league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night at Busch Stadium against the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The 24-year-old will be pitching on three days of rest for the first time this season. With Memphis, he usually went on the standard four days of rest, but also had one six-day break in 2011. In one positive perhaps, that six-day-rest start was Lynn’s worst of the season.

Lynn has been pitching consistently since that six-day-rest outing. He is 4-0 with one no-decision in his last five starts, averaging 6 1/3 innings per start with a 3.73 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio in those most recent 31 1/3 innings is 31:11.

Known as a dependable workhorse, Lynn has gone less than six innings just once this season. You know which game that was…

At least since arriving at Memphis at the end of 2009, he has never started on three days rest. I didn’t go back further as recent history is clear as to his usage pattern.

Lance Lynn, Triple-A, days rest between starts

# of starts on 4 days rest 5 days rest 6 days rest
2011 5 3 1
2010 21 7 1
2009 1 0 0
Total 27 10 2

Lynn’s 2011 game log

5/30 (on five days of rest): Earned his third straight win and fifth of the season after yielding four runs on seven hits in seven innings against Omaha.

5/24 (four days): Picked up his fourth win allowing only one run on five hits at Salt Lake. Matched his season-high while striking out seven batters.

5/19 (five days): Earned his third win of the season against Tacoma giving up two runs on eight hits while walking two and fanning five.

5/13 (four days): Allowed two runs on eight hits in a no decision against Sacramento.

5/8 (four days): Fanned a season-high seven batters picking up his second win at Albuquerque.

5/3 (six days): Allowed a season-high seven runs on eight hits in only 4 1/3 innings against New Orleans, walking four and striking out five while taking the loss.

4/26 (four days): Received a no decision against Iowa, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings while walking one and striking out four.

4/21 (four days): Pegged with his second loss, giving up the lone run against Omaha while walking four and fanning five in 7 1/3 innings.

4/16 (five days): Suffered his first loss of the season after six innings of work against Iowa, allowing four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out six.

4/10: Gave up only one run on six hits while striking out three en route to his first win of the season against Oklahoma City.

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