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Lynn’s Milwaukee gem in historical context

Watching Monday night’s series opener in Milwaukee, one could never have guessed that the Brewers were off to their best start since 1987 while riding a nine-game winning streak.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn surely did not care. Mixing an effective slider with a fastball that topped out at 95 mph, Lynn held the home team offense to just three hits over seven scoreless innings while logging 11 strikeouts.

To frame that performance in a historical perspective, I turned to researcher Tom Orf. His data indicates that Lynn is just the 12th pitcher in Cardinals team history to go at least seven scoreless innings on three or fewer hits and with 11 or more Ks.

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson did it four times, with Lynn joining recently-retired ace Chris Carpenter as the only other multiple occurrence hurlers with two each. Interestingly, despite just 17 such starts over the entire tenure of the Cardinals, there has been one in each of the last four years, including Lynn’s pair. Earlier, there had been stretches of 16 years (1944-60) and 17 years (1971-88) without any.

St. Louis Cardinals, seven or more scoreless innings pitched, three or fewer hits, 11 or more strikeouts, team history

Player Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO Pit Str
Lance Lynn 4 14 14 MIL W 4-0 GS-7 ,W 7 3 0 0 3 11 114 68
Shelby Miller 5 10 13 COL W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 0 13 113 84
Lance Lynn 6 13 12 CHW W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 7.1 3 0 0 1 12 112 77
Chris Carpenter 9 28 11 HOU W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 1 11 106 75
Chris Carpenter 6 13 06 PIT W 2-1 GS-7 ,W 7 3 0 0 3 13 111 71
Matt Morris 9 03 04 LAD W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 0 11 111 81
Todd Stottlemyre 5 11 98 MIL W 7-0 GS-8 ,W 8 2 0 0 0 13 111 76
Alan Benes 5 16 97 ATL L 0-1 GS-9 9 1 0 0 3 11
Joe Magrane 6 22 90 CHC W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 3 11 146 91
Jose DeLeon 9 06 88 MON W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 12 135 89
Bob Gibson 8 28 71 CIN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 13
Bob Gibson 6 17 70 SDP W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 13
Bob Gibson 8 19 68 PHI W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 2 11
Bob Gibson 5 02 67 CIN W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 2 12
Ernie Broglio 7 15 60 CHC W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 14
Max Lanier 5 20 44 NYG W 10-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 2 11
Bob Bowman 7 23 39 (1) BRO W 12-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 11

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8 Responses to “Lynn’s Milwaukee gem in historical context”

  1. CariocaCardinal says:

    I think Lynn’s numbers will support him very well in arbitration. Possibly exceeding his perceived value to the Cardds. The Cards and Lynn may be very far apart in arbitration this coming off season. I wont be surprised if they actually go to arbitration (if Lynn isn’t traded first).

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Lynn pitched superbly last night. He makes $535K this year and bested a guy, Garza, making 27 times as much money. Lynn ate 201 innings last year. He will be due a nice little raise after this season.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    The Brewers have a structural problem. Nearly all their best hitters swing righty (Braun, Gomez, Ramirez, Lucroy). This right biased lineup does not match up well against the starters of the Cards.

  4. Bw52 says:

    Lynn still throws too many balls.Looking at your list it looks like Lance threw percentage-wise more balls than anyone else on the list.
    OFF-TOPIC- Brian why didn`t SCOUT do a prospect magazine this year ( Ithought it was included in our subscription)?

    • Brian Walton says:

      References to the prospect guide were removed from the sites a year ago. I don’t know the reason it was discontinued for sure, but it may have been a casualty of the broader budget-cutting that ultimately led to the prior owners buying Scout back from FOX.

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