(Do you also feel like that record could, and should, be better? Yesterday’s loss and the ones to the Cubs last week still sting. But, the record is what it is.)
The end of April also means it’s time for AMF’s first monthly Cardinals BAMF award. Who was the most bad-ass Cardinal this month?
Our Wolf Pup was the first in the majors to reach four wins last week, although he’s been joined by teammate Kyle Lohse and several others now. He’s won every start, looking very impressive in each one. He has a 1.33 ERA, second on the team to Jake Westbrook’s 1.30 and tied for fifth best in the National League. He’s struck out 24 in 27 innings and walked only six. His WHIP is 0.81, the NL’s third best and just ahead of Kyle Lohse’s 0.84. Opponents are hitting .176 against him, which ranks fourth in the NL.
Oh, yes, remember too that he’s only starting because Chris Carpenter cannot.
Yet he’s proving to be a more than suitable replacement, quite obviously. And, as evidenced by the other Cards starters in the list above, the starting pitching for the Cardinals this month has been a strength. Overall the Cardinals team ERA is 2.61, second in the National League to the Washington Nationals. Cards starters were the winning pitcher in 13 of the team’s 14 wins.
It’s been a good month. (Still trying to get past those three most recent losses, so can’t say better than that at the moment.) And Lance Lynn is a big part of that success.
You can read more about Wolf Pup and how he’s been so successful here, as Bernie Miklasz deconstructed Lynn’s pitches.
Congratulations, Lance Lynn, on being such a BAMF in April! Here’s to continued bad-assery (if that’s even a word) in May and beyond.
Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.