With starting rotation issues for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, the team needed to find someone who could fill in for Chris Carpenter. The team turned to reliever Lance Lynn to take the rotation spot and ended up striking gold as Lynn finished 18-7. There is concern in my mind, however, over the fact that Lynn suddenly went from just under 35 innings pitched in 2011 to 176 in 2012. This has to be something that worries the Cardinals as the 2013 Major League Baseball season gets closer to starting.
Lynn started red hot in 2012 with a 10-2 record by mid-June before slumping through the next two months in the wins and losses column. Lynn did finish with five straight wins but all those innings pitched including into the playoffs have to have taken a toll on Lynn. I would be very careful if I were the Cardinals on depending on Lynn to make it through the full season. Those sudden jumps in innings pitched usually lead to injury problems the following year.
I don’t question how good of a pitcher Lynn was last season and he probably will surprise me and do it all again in 2013, but I’m still worried about it. St. Louis is already going to be without Carpenter for the whole season it appears and the staff can’t take another blow or any chances of the playoffs going out the window. St. Louis should watch Lynn carefully during the early part of this season to see if the wear and tear from last season carries over.