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Lynn Joins Gibson, Dean in First-Half Win Success

Lance Lynn has his detractors, but they have been a lot quieter this season as the right-hander continues to rack up wins for the St. Louis Cardinals.

On Wednesday night, the 27-year-old defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning his 10th game of the season in 19 starts and lowering his ERA to 3.14. (Lynn also has six losses and three no-decisions.)

The Indiana native joined Adam Wainwright (who has 11 victories) to give the Cardinals a pair of 10-game winners by the All-Star break for the second consecutive season and the only two times since 2005.

In one measure of consistency, Lynn has taken Wainwright even one better.

In all three of his seasons in the rotation, Lynn has logged a double-digit win total in the first half. In doing so, Lynn becomes the first Cardinals pitcher since Bob Gibson 44 years ago to string three such fast starts together.

In fact, at any time in team history, only three other Cardinals pitchers have ever had three straight 10-win performances before the break. Lynn is the first of the five to accomplish this so early in his career.

Two of the other four fast starters are Hall of Famers, with Gibson having joined Dizzy Dean in Cooperstown.

The full list follows.

St. Louis Cardinals pitchers, 10 or more wins by All-Star break, three consecutive seasons, team history

Lance Lynn 2012-14
Bob Gibson 1965-70
Gerry Staley 1951-53
Mort Cooper 1942-44
Dizzy Dean 1934-37

As always, thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the data pulls.

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24 Responses to “Lynn Joins Gibson, Dean in First-Half Win Success”

  1. blingboy says:

    Does anybody doubt that come next spring training there will be some arguing for an opening day rotation that doesn’t include Lynn. Just like there was this past spring.

    It is remarkable that he goes right on racking them up this season with such an impotent offense, as run support has always been part of his success.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Lance Lynn is super. Fans can talk about trading him, since they need things to chat about. The important thing is DeWitt and Mo like him. Lynn is going to be pitching here for a few more years to come.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Injuries matter and contribute to defining the outcome of seasons. There is a big fall off to Cruz and Perez. Losing Wacha was a big deal, so is losing Molina. The Cards responded today by playing like Brazil vs Germany in the World Cup.
    Molina’s injury did not happen as might be expected, from an injury associated with incessant catching. Instead, a base running fluke.
    With setbacks, there can be silver linings. Spoiled surly fans might learn some humility thru defeats. Maybe Perez will make a few plays and gain some confidence.

    • Bw52 says:

      Rather see Cards add ED Easley to the roster.He has a good defensive reputation in the minors.Drop ONeill from the 40-man roster and put Easley on it,

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Happily, Mo and his baseball experts get to make the personnel decisions, so we do not have to rely on fans.

        • Bw52 says:

          Unhappily Mo and his minions have made some personnel decisions that stink.What purpose can keeping O`Neil on the 40-man roster serve? He is not hitting well,he is not stealing bases and those were the 2 main talents he has.If he gets dropped odds are he wouldn`t get claimed by anyone and with Easley the Cards would have some more depth at Catcher.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            We can only carry two ML catchers, Cruz and Perez. There is no 25 man roster room for Easley too!

            Perez is 3 years younger than Easley. Perez is our choice for promotion at this time.

            Mike O’Neil is not a base-stealer, anymore than Greg Garcia, one of your earlier basesteal fantasies. Let Mo do the heavy thinking, treat your mind to a nice nap!

            • Bw52 says:

              Did you see Cards claimed George Kottaras off waivers.A offensive minded catcher.Imagine that.

            • Bw52 says:

              Hey JS did you know that Greg Garcia did steal 14 bases out of 16 tries in AAA Memphis in 2013.Just pointing out he has decent basestealing ability .You might try looking up some stats before responding in such a manner.

              • Bw52 says:

                JS- Mike O`Neill stole 15 bases in 2012 and 19 bases in 2013.Just FYI.

                • JumboShrimp says:

                  You seem to be fooling yourself, cherry picking stats.
                  Oneill swiped 12 bases at Palm Beach in 2012, but got caught 10 times. This year he has swiped 5 and been caught 5. Yes, he had a career year as a base stealer in 2013, with a high success rate. He must have been clever that year, because speed is not one of his tools. If speedy, they could use ONeill in CF.
                  Garcia is similar. Three of his seasons have seen him steal 7 and get caught 5 times; 8 steals and 6 caught; and this year 6 steals and 4 caught. He may be a good baserunner like Yadier Molina, but fast he is not. I have seen him play.

  4. CariocaCardinal says:

    Our resident GM would waste a 40 man roster spot for 1 game – brilliant!

  5. Bw52 says:

    Apparently some didn`t “just say no” in time.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Bw, how many times did you have to hear that goofy expression, back when you were a child? It must have worn you out.

      • Bw52 says:

        JS-I always thought it was funny when all those anti-drug programs with the slogans where shown on TV and then another commercial would be for fine sipping whiskey or a 12-pack of Budweiser.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Matt Adams is making hitting look easy. Why can’t all the other lousy hitters be like Big Matt?
    Or as the song goes, why can they all be California Matt Adamses?

  7. Bw52 says:

    MLBTrade rumors says Cards DFA Mike o`Neill and put George Kottaras on roster.Imagine that.

  8. Bw52 says:

    Nice comeback.Holliday pulls ahead of Wong with 9th inning HR.Hope Rosey can save it.

  9. Bw52 says:

    IF a person is happy with the way this team has played this season then that person must not have very high standards of success.To each his own.

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