The St. Louis Cardinals found a revelation last season when they moved Lance Lynn out of the bullpen and into the starting rotation. The 2013 season is just around the corner and Lynn is preparing for his second year in the rotation, but there is some worry for me about him going into this season. I worry about the innings load that Lynn took on last season for the Cardinals and if that will affect him during this season.
Lynn threw 176 innings for St. Louis last season with an 18-7 record to show for it. He threw just under 35 innings for the Cardinals in 2011. Many pitchers have run into arm trouble that first season after a major innings jump. While Lynn was a starter in the minor leagues, I’m still concerned. There were another 11 innings put on that arm in the playoffs last season in pressure situations which are much different than the comfort of the regular season.
Lynn is likely going to find himself being the No. 2 starter in the St. Louis rotation behind Adam Wainwright. I think that the Cardinals have taken a step back this season from last year and I believe Lynn is going to take a step back as well. He is going to be a very solid pitcher for St. Louis in the future, but I think the sophomore slump hits him this year and he only wins around 13 or 14 games. That will come as a shock to a lot of people, but the Cardinals need to be watching out for Lynn’s progress this season.