From: Portland, Oregon
ORIGINAL: Mr. Ed
Luke Weaver could tell the difference in St. Louis Cardinals camp this spring. With Lance Lynn no longer around, there was a void that went beyond the starting rotation.
“He always had a big voice in the clubhouse,” Weaver said of his fellow right-hander. “He knew what to say. Every day he had some jokes. Not having that guy across the locker room and not hearing him was different, but players come and go with different teams and this is part of it. I know the Twins got a good guy over there and a heck of a pitcher.”
Seven starts into his Twins tenure, Lynn is still trying to live up to his bulldog reputation. He will carry a 1-3 record and 7.34 earned-run average into Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. start against his former team.
Just three pitchers with more than 30 innings have a higher ERA or nine-inning walk rate (6.55) than Lynn, who signed a one-year, $12 million deal that includes separate $1 million escalators for reaching both 170 and 180 innings.
Averaging just 4.9 innings per start, Lynn is on pace to work just 162 innings, even if he gets his usual 33 starts. He’s also coming off a start in Anaheim, Calif., in which he got just two swing-and-miss strikes in his final 54 pitches after requiring a trainer’s visit to the mound to check on what Lynn described as a “stinger” that “kind of shot up through the lower back and (left) hip.”
Weaver, a former first-round pick who still refers to Lynn as “Ole Lance,” said he learned plenty about pitching from a veteran who won 77 games for the Cardinals, including five in the postseason, from 2011-17.
“He taught me a lot,” Weaver said. “Some conversations we had about pitching were really advanced. Sometimes I wouldn’t even talk. I’d just listen. He just had a real light attitude. He joked around a lot. It was just cool to have him around. He’s missed, but we know he’s doing all right.”
Lynn, who turned a $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals before waiting until March 12 to sign, had some pointed comments for his former organization during the Twins’ visit to St. Louis last week.
“I was here for seven years, and there’s no loyalty in the game,” Lynn told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You’ve noticed players not having the loyalty anymore either. … Maybe I’ll just go on and be a hired gun the rest of my career; I don’t really care.”
I’m thinking the food spread has more leftovers.
1. We’re small market.
2. The Salary Cap
3. We don’t need McCutcheon
4. We don’t want Darvish.
5. The new Stadium is beautiful.