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game 83 - COL @ STL, 7.5.12

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 30: Reliever Lance Lynn #62 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on July 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 30: Reliever Lance Lynn #62 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on July 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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lance lynn

ERA 3.62

FIP 3.42

xFIP 3.49

SIERA 3.52

K% 24.3%

BB% 8.4%

GB% 46.6%

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christian friedrich

ERA 5.52

FIP 4.38

xFIP 3.84

SIERA 3.82

K% 21.1%

BB% 7.0%

GB% 37.2%

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i don't really believe the lance lynn-is-getting-tired narrative that you see making its rounds. his velocity is totally normal. he's had a few bad games (and it was a little hot there, for a while). without more, i don't think three games makes a trend. it also seems like an arbitrary end point issue. those three games were bad (17 ER, 4HR, 12K:7BB), yes, but he struck out 23 batters in the two games prior to those and allowed 2 runs in more than 13 innings.

anyway, this is the last of a four-game series, which we lead 2-1. a three game series against the marlins rounds out our homestand and leads us into the all-star break.