Earlier in the month of September you would have probably not thought we would be talking about the possibility of Lance Lynn starting the possible clinching game for the St. Louis Cardinals but that is exactly what is happening. In what has been a great turnaround for Lynn over the last few outings, he gets the shot to make the Cards’ magic number go from 1 to 0 with a solid start against the Chicago Cubs. How fitting would it be if he did just that?
The Cardinals might seem like the best team in the world just because they have one of the best records but it has not been that easy. It wasn’t that long ago that they lost several games in a row without their MVP candidate catcher Yadier Molina and a lot of very good baseball people considered them done as far as the division championship went. We all should have known better though.
A team that doesn’t panic in a seven game losing streak is not one that would pull the rug out from under a solid young starting pitcher while he still has the chance to turn things around. Lynn has indeed turned things around and has a chance to clinch the division against the Cubs. Just as the Cardinals themselves came back to fight for the division after such a long losing streak, the prospect of Lynn completing his comeback in such a way seems to fit perfectly.
The Cardinals and Lynn himself are not going to be dangerous in the postseason because of how they played when they were winning every game. They will be tough to beat in the postseason because of the way they play the game when they are losing games. That is the quality likely to lead this team to another World Series championship and Lynn to the division clinching game.