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Lance Lynn | Starting Pitcher | #36

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 275
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Mississippi
Drafted: 2008 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / STL
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Lance Lynn surrendered five runs in four-plus innings against the Blue Jays and did not earn a decision on Friday.
He gave up a four-spot in the first inning, allowing RBI hits to Kendrys Morales, Kevin Pillar and Aledmys Dias in the frame. This was his first clunker in a Yankee uniform after joining the team in a deadline trade with the Twins. He had an ugly 5.10 ERA in 20 starts with the Twins prior to the trade but had allowed just one run in 16 2/3 innings since joining the Yankees. Today's beating takes some of the shine off his ERA in pinstripes, which went from 0.54 to 2.61 today. Aug 18 - 12:10 AM

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Lance Lynn pitched well in a no-decision against the Rangers on Saturday, allowing just one run on five hits over his five innings of work.

The right-hander racked up eight strikeouts on the afternoon while walking three. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Elvis Andrus in the third inning. Lynn became the first hurler in franchise history to begin his Yankees' career with three straight starts of five or more strikeouts while allowing one or fewer earned runs. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.46 ERA and 1.54 WHIP when he takes on the Rays on Thursday.
Aug 11 - 4:28 PM

Lance Lynn was brilliant in his first start with the Yankees on Monday, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox as part of a 7-0 victory.

Lynn tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in his Yankees debut last Wednesday, but he was even better on Monday. The veteran right-hander gave up just two hits (both of them singles) and walked one while matching a season-high with nine strikeouts. He retired 19 consecutive batters at one point. Lynn wasn’t great prior to the trade and the White Sox are a bad offense, but he’s at least looking like a healthy upgrade from Sonny Gray right now.
Aug 6 - 11:53 PM

Lance Lynn will take Sonny Gray's spot in the Yankees' starting rotation.

Lynn logged 4 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in his Yankees debut Wednesday against the Orioles. The plan was originally for Lynn to work in long relief, but with Gray struggling, manager Aaron Boone will give him a shot in the starting rotation. There was some thought the Yankees could give Gray's rotation spot to up-and-comer Justus Sheffield, but with the Bombers in the thick of a pennant race, now might not be the time to unveil their prized prospect. Lynn hasn't been especially impressive this year (4.89 ERA over 106 2/3 innings), though he's certainly a better option than Gray right now.
Aug 2 - 5:59 PM

Lance Lynn scattered five hits over 4 1/3 shutout innings in relief of Sonny Gray Wednesday in the Yankees’ loss to Baltimore.

Lynn fanned five and didn’t walk anyone over 71 pitches. The right-hander allowed an inherited runner to score in the third inning but was otherwise lights out in his Yankees debut. The 31-year-old could be a candidate to replace Gray in the starting rotation, though based on how he’s pitched this season (4.89 ERA over 21 appearances), Lynn might not be much of an upgrade.
Aug 1 - 5:59 PM

Yankees acquired RHP Lance Lynn and cash considerations from the Twins for 1B/OF Tyler Austin and RHP Jose Rijo.

There wouldn't appear to be a spot available for Lynn in the Yankees' rotation, but he gives them protection and might allow them to given some rest to Luis Severino, who has struggled lately. Lynn does have past bullpen experience and could wind up there. He's posted a 5.10 ERA and 100/62 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 30 - 7:28 PM

Lance Lynn allowed two runs over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

His only mistake was a two-run homer off the bat of Jackie Bradley, Jr. in the fifth inning, but he was in line for the loss until Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel blew the save in the ninth. Lynn gave up six hits on the night while issuing one walk and hitting a batter. He had three strikeouts in the loss, giving him 100 in 102 1/3 innings this season to go along with a 5.10 ERA over 20 starts. The veteran right-hander was starting to look like a decent trade candidate after pitching well through May and June, but he’s had an uneven July.
Jul 27 - 11:33 PM

Lance Lynn walked six batters while allowing three runs over five innings in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

Maybe the story here is less the six walks and more the fact that Lynn somehow danced through the disaster-on-the-brink outing surrendering just three runs. A two-run home run by Salvador Perez in the bottom of the inning and an RBI single by Lucas Duda in the third represented the only run-scoring action on his watch. He scattered three hits while striking out six batters on the evening. Those walks did exact a toll, even if not on the scoreboard, as Lynn had already thrown 118 pitches (66 strikes) by the end of the fifth inning. That extreme inefficiency eliminated any possibility of a deeper outing. With this one in the books, Lynn will carry a bloated 5.23 ERA and 1.66 WHIP into a scary road showdown with the Red Sox in his next scheduled outing.
Jul 21 - 10:48 PM

Lance Lynn surrendered five hits and four runs (three earned) over five innings Wednesday in the Twins’ victory over the Royals.

The right-hander struck out six, walked three and hit a batter over 114 pitches. This wasn’t a good outing by any stretch of the imagination, but Lynn did just enough to secure his seventh win as the Twins pounded Kansas City for eight runs on 15 hits. All the runs Lynn allowed came on home runs, the first on a three-run bomb by Salvador Perez in the first inning, which was followed by a Mike Moustakas solo blast in the third. The 31-year-old struggled to generate interest on the open market this winter and now we’re starting to see why. The ex-Cardinal has yielded the second-most walks in the American League (55) while struggling to a lousy 5.22 ERA over 18 starts this year.
Jul 11 - 4:54 PM

Lance Lynn fired six innings of one-run ball in a 6-2 win over the Orioles on Friday.

It was nice to see after he was hit hard in back-to-back starts. Lynn scattered six hits and walked a pair, with the only run coming via an RBI single from Chris Davis in his final inning of work. He fanned three in the victory and holds a 5.21 ERA through 17 starts on the year. Lynn was trending in the right direction prior to his previous two starts, so there’s still time to improve his standing on the trade market.
Jul 7 - 12:23 AM

Lance Lynn was hammered for seven earned runs over just 1 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Cubs.

All of that damage came in the Cubs' eight-run second inning. Lynn seemed to be turning a corner in June, but he has struggled now in back-to-back outings and stands 5-7 with a 5.49 ERA through 80 1/3 innings this year. He'll try to get back on track against the Twins on Friday.
Jul 1 - 6:12 PM

Lance Lynn surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in five-plus innings Tuesday against the White Sox.

Walks weren't the problem for Lynn tonight, as he issued just one. However, he gave up eight hits, the last three of which came consecutively to open the sixth inning. Lynn exited that inning with a 4-2 lead, but all three runners came around to score and the Twins went on to lose 8-4.
Jun 27 - 1:50 AM

Lance Lynn allowed one unearned run through five innings and took home a win against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

He yielded just three base hits and no earned runs but it wasn't all good -- he issued five walks, struck out only two and required 97 pitches (just 50 strikes) to get through five frames. The bullpen helped him out with four innings of shutout relief. Lynn improved his record to 5-5 with a 4.64 ERA in 14 starts. Walks have been a problem all year and have led to a scary 1.60 WHIP, luckily he's served up just seven home runs.
Jun 21 - 12:19 AM

Lance Lynn logged a quality start in Thursday's loss to the Tigers, allowing three runs on five hits over his 6 2/3 innings of work.

The right-hander racked up nine strikeouts on the afternoon and only issued one walk. He shut the Tigers down through the first six frames, but they broke through for three runs in the seventh, capped by a two-run blast by JaCoby Jones. It's his fifth straight quality start after a disastrous start to the season. He'll carry a 4.98 ERA and 1.60 WHIP into a difficult matchup against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Jun 14 - 6:14 PM

Lance Lynn held the Angels to one run over six innings in a no-decision Friday.

It's Lynn's fourth straight quality start, though he didn't get a fourth straight win because Ryan Pressly gave up two runs in the seventh. Lynn has lowered his ERA from 7.47 to 5.08 ERA in the last three weeks. He'll probably remain rather effective now that he's mostly past those early season control woes, but mixed leagues should still be able to do better.
Jun 8 - 11:43 PM

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2Austin Romine
3Kyle Higashioka
1B1Greg Bird
2Neil Walker
2B1Gleyber Torres
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Miguel Andujar
LF1Brett Gardner
2Clint Frazier
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Jacoby Ellsbury
3Shane Robinson
RF1Aaron Judge
DH1Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Luis Severino
3CC Sabathia
4J.A. Happ
5Lance Lynn
6Jordan Montgomery
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2David Robertson
3Zach Britton
4Dellin Betances
5Chad Green
6Jonathan Holder
7A.J. Cole
8Sonny Gray
9Tommy Kahnle
10Ben Heller