The St. Louis Cardinals and starting pitcher Lance Lynn have agreed on a three year, 22 million dollar contract.
Lance Lynn has been an extremely successful pitcher in the Major Leagues, with 49 wins over 98 career starts. Which is a win in 50% of his career starts. Clayton Kershaw has yet to accomplish that, he has a win in 47% of his career starts. Although the sample size isn’t equivalent, the statistic still talks.
During the last two seasons Lynn has had 15 wins in each, following up his 18 win season in 2012. In 2014 his ERA started making sense, an 18 game win season can only be accomplished with a great ERA, right? Wrong. His ERA in 2012 and 2013 was 3.78 and 3.97. In 2014 he had an amazing ERA, 2.74. His numbers started to add up.
Analytical analyst, Brian Kenny and others may argue “wins don’t mean anything”, for them it could be a very good argument (which we will leave for another day) but a win by a starting pitcher means many things; he pitched well enough, he threw at least 5 innings, and of course more, etc.
In 2014 Lynn was one of the games top 20 pitchers, which is an extreme bargain at only 22 million dollars. In the offseason of 2012-2013 pitcher Kyle Lohse was coming off a season with an ERA of 2.86 and was passing through his prime very quickly. He was given a deal worth 33 million over 3 seasons. More money, for less talent.
Another comparison is Francisco Liriano, he had 7 wins and an ERA of 3.77. He signed a 3 year, 39 million dollar deal earlier in this years offseason(2014-2015). As you can conclude, Lance Lynn’s contract extension to avoid arbitration is a great “bang for your buck.” Lynn will aim to continue his dominance of the NL central as he enters his age 28 season.
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