When you take a look at the 2013 MLB standings for the National League Central division you don’t see much of a gap between the first three teams. The St. Louis Cardinals are holding on to a one game lead going into play on Wednesday over the Pittsburgh Pirates. From all appearances the Pirates have decided to answer the sweep at the hands of the Cardinals with one of their own over the Texas Rangers. So the Cardinals plan to answer by giving ultra-struggling starter Lance Lynn another chance tonight? Why?
Some have said that Lynn will probably lose his spot in the starting rotation if he struggles tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. If he struggles, they say. You know what? The chances of him not struggling are so small that they don’t even register to count. Lynn has been good overall this season but right now he is poison to winning for the Cardinals. He has lost 5 of his last six starts and five decisions in a row.
You may be thinking that it is a good plan to give him a chance against the Brewers since they aren’t that good but you’d be wrong if you were. Lynn has two starts against the Brewers this season and has given up 10 runs (8 earned) on 17 hits over 11 innings pitched. I don’t think pitching against them is bound to get him going. The Cardinals might lose tonight anyway and be stuck in a tie with the Pirates but why not give a better chance of winning by shutting down Lynn before the start? It makes little sense to experiment with their first place standing on the line.