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.
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.