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Lance Lynn a throwback to Ernie Broglio

St. Louis Cardinals fans remember the name Ernie Broglio for one thing – the right-hander was the centerpiece of the 1964 trade that brought future Hall of Famer Lou Brock to St. Louis from Chicago.

Today, we have another reason to remember Broglio, who in 1960 was good enough to win 21 games for the Cardinals. That season, Broglio signaled the end of an era as he also appeared in 28 games out of the bullpen to go with his 24 starts.

It took 52 years for another Cardinals hurler to win at least 17 games while appearing in as many as six games in relief. The man who accomplished it here in 2012 is none other than Lance Lynn.

With the pitching specialization of today, starting pitchers no longer regularly appear out of the bullpen between starts. In fact, the only reason Lynn joined this group was due to his temporary banishment from the rotation.

Prior to Broglio, this dual workload was commonplace. 35 Cardinals pitchers joined the list between 1901 and 1954, but only two since.

In fact, Lynn is the first to add his name to this group since the time when the National League still had just eight teams!

Looking at the distribution by decade indicates a nice bell curve with the 1930s being the peak. The Dean Brothers alone registered seven mentions between 1932 and 1936.

St. Louis Cardinals pitchers, 17 or more wins and six or more relief appearances, season, team history

Decade 2010s 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s 1950s 1940s 1930s 1920s 1910s 1900s
#17 W, 6 GR pitchers 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 8 11 6 5 2

Pitcher W Year Age G GS GR
Lance Lynn 17 2012 25 34 28 6
Ernie Broglio 21 1960 24 52 24 28
Harvey Haddix 18 1954 28 43 35 8
Gerry Staley 18 1953 32 40 32 8
Gerry Staley 19 1951 30 42 30 12
Howie Pollet 20 1949 28 39 28 11
Howie Pollet 21 1946 25 40 32 8
Ken Burkhart 18 1945 28 42 22 20
Red Barrett 21 1945 30 36 29 7
Ted Wilks 17 1944 28 36 21 15
Johnny Beazley 21 1942 24 43 23 20
Lon Warneke 17 1941 32 37 30 7
Ernie White 17 1941 24 32 25 7
Curt Davis 22 1939 35 49 31 18
Dizzy Dean 24 1936 26 51 34 17
Dizzy Dean 28 1935 25 50 36 14
Paul Dean 19 1935 22 46 33 13
Dizzy Dean 30 1934 24 50 33 17
Paul Dean 19 1934 21 39 26 13
Dizzy Dean 20 1933 23 48 34 14
Tex Carleton 17 1933 26 44 33 11
Dizzy Dean 18 1932 22 46 33 13
Paul Derringer 18 1931 24 35 23 12
Bill Hallahan 19 1931 28 37 30 7
Bill Sherdel 21 1928 31 38 27 11
Bill Sherdel 17 1927 30 39 28 11
Pete Alexander 21 1927 40 37 30 7
Bill Sherdel 17 1922 25 47 31 16
Jeff Pfeffer 19 1922 34 44 32 12
Jesse Haines 18 1921 27 37 29 8
Slim Sallee 18 1914 29 46 29 17
Slim Sallee 19 1913 28 50 29 21
Bob Harmon 18 1912 24 43 34 9
Bob Harmon 23 1911 23 51 41 10
Bill Steele 18 1911 24 43 34 9
Willie Sudhoff 17 1901 26 38 26 12
Jack Powell 19 1901 26 45 37 8

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for supplying the details above.

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26 Responses to “Lance Lynn a throwback to Ernie Broglio”

  1. blingboy says:

    I’m very impressed with Lynn. He ran into a serious problem requiring him to work with the coaching staff to come with adjustments and then inpliment them. Last time out I watched his windup closely trying to detect signs of the ‘simplified mechanics’ we’re told about. It did seem slightly different somehow. Maybe the leg kick less pronounced and jerky, I’m not sure. He could really be a horse. Next year the Cards should have a fearsome rotation.

    And whenever he’s used up we can trade him to the Cubs for a HOFer.

  2. blingboy says:

    I’m nervous about Jaime tonight. And about Freese being out with an ankle injury, which will be diagnosed and managed by the Cards med staff. Not good. I like Beltran down in the order, but wouldn’t mind seeing Chambers out there.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    What a wonderful story Pete Kozma is creating. The rook is leading the team in OPS, outhitting Craig, Molina, and Holliday. Good times.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    The table above illustrates how the game has changed. Modern pitchers are obliged to throw with more velocity. In the past, pitching was a bit less demanding. Rotations would be 4 man, so there were more starts. Start 30 games, but relieve in 20 more.
    This sort of mixed use cannot be done today, because what is expected of pitchers today is more demanding or because pitchers are so pricey under free agency, they can no longer be overused and burnt up, as in the past.

  5. blingboy says:

    It sure has been a poorly played game. The Astros are dreadful. They don’t know how to play the game. But its not just them.

    Beltran deciding to swing 3-0 bases loaded against a guy who can’t throw strikes was just stupid. Doesn’t matter if he was ‘given the green light’ like the announcers said. Nobody should have to tell him how the game is played.

    Glad Jaime looks good on the road.

    Not worth staying up to watch the rest. Good luck.

    • crdswmn says:

      Beltran was just awful tonight. He shouldn’t play tomorrow but with Freese out, I don’t think Matheny will bench him.

      Fortunately the team pulled it off despite him.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Peeeeeettte!!

    Pete wants to win is going to lift this team on his shoulders like Atlas.

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    The Dodgers took on about $70MM more in salaries for 2013, yet they cannot catch the Cards. Super-rook Pete Kozma is applying a one man beat down on the Cubs and Astros. Fun stuff.

  8. JumboShrimp says:

    Pete provided the Nissan drive of the game!

    What a big lift Kozma is providing.

  9. CariocaCardinal says:

    One of the reasons I like Lynn in the rotation and not as a reliever is his durability. As far as I know he has never missed a start in the majors or minors due to injury. Of course Boggs was the same way and his pen transisiton has turned out OK.

    Interestingly enough, Lynn never struck out a batter an inning in the minors but is doing that as a major leaguer. If he can bring down his walks a little not only could he prove durable but he could turn out to be a workhorse that goes deep into games.

  10. Kansasbirdman says:

    Rooting for a speedy and full recovery for Dusty Baker.

    Even if not rooting for wins for the Reds. ;-)

  11. blingboy says:

    Chambers in RF tonight.

    • crdswmn says:

      Yeah, well Beltran shouldn’t be there, not after the way he played last night.

      • blingboy says:

        There are 13 million reasons why he will be back next game no matter what Chambers does.

        You’re probably just cranky from standing in line at the book store the other day.

        • crdswmn says:

          I have a Kindle Fire. I don’t shop at book stores. And I have no plans to read that book, especially if I have to pay for it.

        • blingboy says:

          Saw this review somewhere:

          ” . . . does a good job of capturing La Russa’s voice — by which I mean it alternates corporate-retreat platitudes about success and intensity and ‘personalizing’ with petty grudges against media and opposing players, along with incessant name-dropping . . . ”

          Sounds like Tony should have given Buzz a call.

          I figure I’ll pick up a copy for $1 at a book fair next year.

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