Michael Lance Lynn…married to the former Dymin Hayes and has 2 daughters: Mia Jane (8) and Lively (1)…now lives in Brentwood, Tenn.
In his 1st season with the Rangers, Lynn finished among A.L. leaders in ERA (7th, 3.67), opp. BA (7th, .243), and WHIP (7th, 1.22)…turned in the 5th-most quality starts (20) in the A.L., including 8 straight from 5/10-6/19, one shy of the Texas club record done 6 times (single-season or multiple seasons).
SUMMARY: Opened year with a 6.51 ERA (20 ER/27.2 IP) over his 1st 5 GS thru 4/23, allowing 2 of his 3 highest run totals all season in that span…had 5.75 ERA through 5/4 (8 starts), then compiled a 2.90 ERA (40 ER/124.1 IP) over 19 starts from 5/10-8/18, 5th-lowest figure in A.L. in that span…gave up 7 R-ER in 5.2 IP on 8/23 at CWS, then had 2.87 (12 ER/37.2 IP) mark over final 6 GS to drop final figure from 3.85 to 3.67.
NOTES: Went 10-1, 3.50 (40 ER/103.0 IP) over 16 GS in Arlington, T2nd in A.L. in home wins…marked most wins in Arlington by a Ranger since Yu Darvish (10-2) in 2012…joined LAD's Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-1) as the only pitchers in MLB with 10-or-more wins and less than 2 losses at home…club was 17-16 in his 33 starts…opponents slashed .243/.300/.290/.689, including .219/.264/.393/.658 by RHB and 267/.332/.386/.718 by LHB…opposition batted .230 (43-187) w/ RISP…led MLB with career-high 18 wild pitches…threw 1st-pitch strikes 62.6% of PA's, 2nd-best figure of his career (63.2% in 2013).
Was 10-10, 4.77 (83 ER/156.2 IP) in 31 games/29 starts with the MIN and NYY…were his fewest wins and innings in a full season…issued just 0.80 HR/9.0 IP (14 HR), the 5th lowest ratio among A.L. pitchers (min. 150.0 IP)…posted a career best 9.25 K/9.0 IP.
Signed with MIN in the middle of spring training on 3/15 but was ready for start of regular season…was 7-8, 5.10 (58 ER102.1 IP) in 20 starts, tying for 3rd on the staff in wins and ranking 4th in starts, innings, and strikeouts (100)…went 1-4, 7.47 (31 ER/37.1 IP) in 1st eight starts through 5/16, then was 4-1, 1.73 (7 ER/36.1 IP) over next six outings, lowering ERA to 4.64 as of 6/20…allowed 12 R/11 ER in 6.2 IP in next 2 starts before going 2-1 3.68 (9 ER/22.0 IP) in last 4 outings with the Twins…MIN was 8-12 in his 20 starts…was 0-2, 6.23 in 1st 3 starts at home before going 5-0, 1.56 (6 ER/34.2 IP) in final 6 outings as a Twin at Target Field…reached 1000.0 career IP on 4/30 vs. TOR and 1000 strikeouts on 6/26 at CWS (José Abreu in 5th inning).
Was 3-2, 4.14 (25 ER/54.1 IP) in 11 games/9 starts with NYY after 7/30 trade…beginning 8/1, permitted just 0.33 HR/9.0 IP (2 HR), the best figure in the Majors (min. 50.0 IP) in that span…ranked among the A.L. leaders with 10.10 K/9.0 IP (7th) and 4.36 K/BB (11th) over season's final 2 months…began Yankees career with 4.1 scoreless relief innings on 8/1 vs. BAL, his 1st ML bullpen outing since 9/9/12 vs. MIL (154 consecutive starts)…did not allow a run in a season high 7.1 frames in win on 8/6 at CWS, holding RHB to 0-for-13 in that game… was just 2nd pitcher since 1908 to produce scoreless outings of at least 4.0 IP in each of his 1st two appearances as a Yankee, joining Allie Reynolds (consecutive CG SHO in 1947)…extended his scoreless inning streak to 13.2 IP in next start on 8/11 vs. TEX and overall, permitted just 1 R/16.2 IP in 1st 3 G/2 GS with NYY…went 0-2, 9.16 (19 ER/18.2 IP) in next 4 starts before going 2-0, 2.37 (5 ER/19.0 IP) in 4 G/3 GS to end season…did not allow a HR in 6 home starts (32.2 IP), T4th longest streak by a Yankee in new Yankee Stadium history...overall, did not surrender a long ball in 1st 25.2 IP with the Yankees before HR on 8/22 at MIA…NYY was 6-3 in his 9 starts.
Made a team-leading 33 starts after missing the 2016 season due to right elbow ligament replacement surgery...his 33 starts equaled career highs (2013 & 14) and marked his 4th straight season of 30 or more starts...Ranked among National League leaders in starts (33, T1st), ERA (3.43, 7th), batting average against (.223, 6th), H/9 IP (7.29, 6th), walks (78, 2nd), BB/9 IP (3.77, 2nd) and hit batsmen (T5th, 10)...Finished eighth in the NL with a 0.97 GIDP/ 9 IP and T10th with a single-season career-high 20 double plays induced...His career best .205 opponent BA vs. right-handers (71-for-350) ranked seventh among National League pitchers (Scherzer .139) and was the T13th-lowest single-season mark all-time in Cardinals history...His 153 strikeouts ranked third on the St. Louis staff and was a single-season career low...reached the 150 strikeout plateau for the fifth time in his career, tied for third-most all-time in Cardinals history (Bob Gibson-11, Adam Wainwright-6)...Held opposition to two earned runs or fewer in MLB co-leading 23 starts (Drew Pomeranz) including a stretch of nine in a row from 7/4-8/16, and one earned run run or fewer in 15 starts (T2nd in MLB behind the Yankees' Luis Severino, 17)...Ranked sixth in the NL with a career-low .193 average (47-for-244) with runners on base...was the fourth-lowest single-season mark all-time in Cardinals history...also ranked eighth with .227 average (29-for-128) with runners in scoring position...Was 6-3 with a 2.95 ERA (88.1 IP, 29 ER) in 15 home starts, ranking sixth in the NL in ERA and 11th in opponent average (.217)...Posted a 5.79 ERA (32.2 IP, 21 ER) in the first inning of starts but a combined 2.92 ERA (153.2 IP, 50 ER) afterwards...Pitched at least 6.0 frames in 19 starts (18 quality), including 12-straight from 7/9-9/7 that tied him with Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole for longest in the majors over that time span...Began batting as a switch hitter for the first time in his MLB career in July 4 start; LHB: 1-for-20 (.050), 2B...RHB: 3-for-34 (.088), 2B...Reached 800 career strikeouts in his May 10 start vs. Miami, becoming the 12th Cardinals pitcher to reach that milestone
Missed the entire season after having elbow ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow at the end of 2015 (11/10)...Made three rehab starts between Palm Beach (High A) and Springfield (AA)...In two starts at Palm Beach allowed no runs in 3.2 innings, pitching 1.2 innings on 8/15 and 2.0 innings on 8/19...Made a start on 8/24 at Springfield and allowed no runs in 3.0 frames.
Made 31 starts, his 3rd straight season of 30 or more starts. Has 126 starts since 2012, the most of any Cardinals pitcher…Is one of two pitchers (Clayton Kershaw) with 10+ wins, 150+ strikeouts and less than 15 HR in each of the last 3 seasons…Became most recent Cardinals pitcher to post four consecutive double-digit win seasons since Matt Morris had five (2001-05)…Ranked among National League leaders in ERA (3.03, 12th), wins (12, T16th) and strikeouts (167, T20th)…His 3.34 run support average ranked 4th lowest among N.L. pitchers and team was shutout in 5 of his 11 losses. St. Louis scored just 66 runs combined in 27 of Lynn's 31 starts (2.4 runs/game), the exceptions being 10 runs 9/23 vs. CIN, 8 on 5/12 at CLE and 6 on 8/7 at MIL & 8/29 at SF… Averaged 102.8 pitches per start (6th NL) through his first 23 starts (8/18) tossing 100 or more pitches in 17 of 23 starts, then averaged 86.0 pitches per start over final eight starts (8/24-10/4) with no starts over 100 pitches and only three over 90 pitches…Hurled seven scoreless starts in 2015, tied for the most on the Cardinals (Martinez) and T8th in MLB…Allowed 13 home runs with his 0.67 HR allowed/9 IP ranking 10th in the N.L…Tied for the team lead with 8 hits as pitcher (single-season high), two of which were doubles (T3rd NL pitchers)…Missed 14 games on the disabled list 6/8-24 with right forearm tightness…Went 10-6 with a 2.63 ERA in 23 night starts vs. 2-5, 4.32 ERA in eight daytime starts. His night game wins ranked T6th in the N.L. and the 2.63 ERA ranked 5th…Was 7-5 with a 2.91 pitching at Busch; his 7 home wins T10th in the N.L. and 2.91 home ERA was 14th in league…Recorded 100 K's pre-All Star break for the 4th-straight year (102)…Had his shortest outing as a starter 8/13 vs. PIT, working just 0.2 innings, allowing seven runs (3 ER) in the team's 10-5 loss…Picked up his 4th-straight 10-win season with a win in at ARI on 8/24…Earned 60th career win at SF (8/29), hurling 7.0 scoreless innings of six-hit ball before exiting with a precautionary ankle injury…Picked up his 150th strikeout in 9/7 start (vs. CHI), giving him four-straight season of 150+ K. He became the 3rd pitcher (4th instance) in Cardinals history to post four straight seasons with 150 strikeouts joining Bob Gibson and Adam Wainwright…Walked a career-high 6 batters 9/18 at CHI, allowing three 1st inning runs in a no decision the Cardinals lost 8-3…Finished the season allowing just one run in his final three starts covering 16.0 innings, posting the 4th-lowest ERA (0.56) in MLB since 9/23.
Tied his single-season high with 33 starts, coming in back-to-back years (2013)...Compiled over 200 innings in each of his last two seasons...Was tied for the Major League lead with 29 starts allowing three runs or less (Felix Hernandez, Johnny Cueto)...Allowed 3 runs or less in 29 of 33 starts and threw 100 pitches or more in 27 of 33 starts...Ranked among National League pitching leaders in wins (15, T8th), ERA (2.74, 9th) and strikeouts (181, 14th). His 104.5 pitches/game, was 2nd most in N.L...Compiled a career-best 24 quality starts (T6th in NL). His 59 quality starts since 2012 are T10th in the N.L...Posted a 9-4 record with a 2.50 ERA in 18 home starts; his nine home wins ranked T7th in the N.L. and his 2.50 ERA was 7th...Has 3rd fewest home runs allowed/9 IP (0.57) in N.L. (Wainwright, 0.40; Kershaw 0.41)...Had six scoreless starts in 2014; five 7.0 IP and one 6.2 IP...Went 7-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 16 starts after 7/4, the top ERA on the Cardinals staff and 6th-best in the N.L. Allowed two earned runs or less in 13 of his last 16 starts...Went 6-3 in 14 starts vs. NL Central clubs, 3.08 ERA. The three losses were vs. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati (2)...Compiled a 3-0 mark with 1.99 ERA (6th, NL) in August...The 3-0 mark in August 2014 joined April 2013 (4-0), July 2012 (3-0) and April 2012 (4-0) as months in which Lynn has gone undefeated with 3 or more wins...Tossed his first professional complete game shutout on 5/27 vs. NYY, giving up just 5 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2 as St. Louis won 6-0. His 126 pitches were a career high...Became the 7th Cardinals pitcher to win 40 career games before his 100th appearance (40 wins/97 games) on 6/13...Attained his 500th career strikeout during the 6/18 game vs. NYM; lasted 6.0 innings, allowing two runs in a 3-2 loss...Suffered 1-0 loss in his start at CIN 9/11, a complete game effort allowing a run in the bottom of the 8th, and only three hits...Made two starts in the postseason posting a 3.09 ERA without recording a decision...Threw 6.0 innings in a quality start allowing two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts at LAD (10/4) in Game 2 of the National League Division Series, a 3-2 St. Louis loss...The eight strikeouts were a postseason career high and were T4th most by a 2014 postseason pitcher and tied for most by a Cardinals pitcher with John Lackey...Threw 5.2 innings in a no decision in Game 2 of the NLCS vs. SF (10/12) in a game the Cardinals eventually won 5-4...His 11 strikeouts in the postseason were T11th among pitchers.
Made a career-high 33 starts, pitching over 200 innings for the first time in his career (201.2) and recorded 19 quality starts... Went 9-3, 2.82 ERA in 16 starts at home and 6-7, 5.15 ERA in 17 starts on the road. His nine wins at home ranked T4th among N.L. pitchers... Was 11-4 in 19 starts before the All-Star break and 4-6 in 14 starts after the break... Allowed just seven earned runs (8 total) in five September starts for a 2.12 ERA, his lowest monthly ERA of the season... Ranked T6th among NL pitchers with 15 wins, 9th with 198 strikeouts, 9th in strikeouts/9 IP (8.84) and 11th in fewest HR/9 IP (0.62)... His 5.67 run support average was 3rd in the N.L. Cardinals went 11-0 when he received 5 or more runs of support... Posted 11 wins prior to the All-Star break for the 2nd-straight season after having won 11 prior to his selection to 2012 All-Star Game... Made 12 starts allowing one run or less, including three scoreless starts of 6.0 or more innings, topping out with a scoreless start of 7.0 innings, allowing just one hit at PHI (4/20)... Fired three double-digit strikeout games with a season-high 11 (8/4 at CIN) and 10 twice (4/9 vs. CIN & 9/11 vs. MIL)... Lost team & personal season high 5-straight decisions 8/9-9/5 before earning the win in 9/21 start at MIL. Had not lost back-toback games prior to 2013 season... Was the first Cardinals pitcher since Harvey Haddix (37 from 1952-54) to win 30 games in his first 71 career appearances... Ran off a career-high scoreless streak of 14.0 innings over three starts from April 15-26... Led all Cardinals players with 11 sacrifice bunts and ranked T5th among National League players... Was 2-2 with a 5.19 ERA in five postseason appearances with three games started...was 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two League Championship Series appearances including one start...won Game 1 of LCS with two scoreless innings of relief vs. LAD (10/11). Started Game 4 and earned the win tossing a then-postseason high 5.1 innings...made two appearances in the World Series, one start in Game 4 vs. BOS (10/27) and a relief appearance in Game 6 (10/30)...threw a postseason high 5.2 IP vs. BOS in Game 4 of the World Series.
Made 35 appearances including a career high 29 starts, becoming the 20th different Cardinals pitcher to start 29 or more games since 2000. Voted to the National League All-Star team by player vote. Did not make an appearance in the game. Was 11-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 17 starts pre-All-Star Game, including an 8-1 mark with a 2.54 ERA through the end of May. Established career highs in games started (29), wins (18), innings (176.0) and strikeouts (180). Ranked 4th in the National League with team-leading 18 wins (T6th MLB), and had the 7th best winning percentage (.720). Struck out 180 batters to rank 2nd on the Cardinals and 14th in the N.L. His 9.20 strikeouts/9 IP ranked 3rd in the N.L. Recorded double-digit strikeouts in three starts including a career-high 12 (6/13 vs. CWS) coming on the heels of an 11 strikeout performance at HOU (6/7), and also 7/16 at MIL (10). Held opponents to one run over three starts from 7/5-22 including 12 consecutive scoreless innings with an 0.47 ERA in 19.0 innings with 22 strikeouts. Was 17-5 with a 3.67 ERA in 29 starts and 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA in six relief appearances covering 7.0 innings. Removed from starting rotation after 8/24 start at CIN and reinstated to starting rotation on 9/13 at LAD. Won his last five consecutive appearances, including four starts (4-0, 2.19 ERA, 30 K, 24.2 IP). Struck out 34 batters in September and ranked 2nd among National League pitchers with a 10.43 strikeouts/9 IP(Mike Fiers, MIL, 11.14) with 34 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. Posted a single month high with five wins in September, going 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA in eight appearances including four starts. Led the National League with a run support average of 6.70.
Missed final 46 games of the season on disabled list with a strained left oblique suffered during 8/9 game vs. MIL. ... Struck out 40 batters in 34.2 IP (10.38 K/9 IP), the second most strikeouts by an MLB rookie with less than 35.0 inningspitched in 2011. ... Held RH batters to a .187 BA (14-75, 1 HR). ... Opposing batters were 0-for-6 with 3 K's in bases loaded situations. ... Was 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA in nine app. vs. NL Central opponents (16.2 IP/19 K), lowest ERA vs. any MLB division. ... Was not scored upon in his final six app. of the season (7/26-8/9) a span of 7.2 IP with 11 K's. ... Struck out five batters in 2.0 IP at BAL (6/28), tied for the most K's by a Cardinals reliever in 2011. ... Made six relief appearances (out of 16) of 2.0 IP or more, with five of those being scoreless outings. ... Longest relief outing of the season was 3.0 scoreless IP vs. TOR (6/24). ... Earned first and only save of the season 8/5 at FLA. ... Suffered only blown save of the season 7/24 at PIT, allowing a run in 2.0 IP. ... Made two starts for Cardinals (6/2 vs. SF & 6/9 at HOU), lasting at least 5.0 IP in both starts. ... Was 7-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 12 starts at Memphis (AAA). ... Threw 6.0 IP or more in 11 of his 12 starts at Memphis with eight quality starts. ... Retired the first 10 batters in his MLB debut (6/2 vs. SF), the first Cardinals pitcher to do so since Pat Perry in 1985. ... Ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America.2011 POSTSEASON: Made 10 postseason appearances (eight scoreless), despite not being added to the postseason roster until the League Championship Series round after he finished the regular season on the disabled list with an oblique strain (placed on DL 8/10) ... was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in the postseason, T2nd with seven other pitchers in wins and trailing only Chris Carpenter (4) ... became the third Cardinals rookie pitcher to win two games in a postseason and the first since Johnny Beazley (1942) ... tied Mike Adams (TEX) and teammate Marc Rzepczynski for the most appearances in the 2011 LCS with five ... tied Tyler Johnson (2006) for the Cardinals franchise record for postseason appearances by a rookie and became the first MLB rookie pitcher since Johnson to appear in 10 postseason games ... his five appearances in the NLCS set the Cardinals franchise record for a rookie pitcher in an LCSsurpassing Tyler Johnson (4, 2006) and ToddWorrell (4, 1985) ... became the first NL rookie pitcher to appear in five LCS games since John Rocker did so with Atlanta in 1998 ... is the only Cardinals rookie pitcher to record an 0.00 ERA in the LCS (5.0 IP min.) ... did not allow a run in his first six postseason appearances (6.0 IP), before allowing a run in Game 3 of the World Series ... made first appearance for the Cards since 8/9 vs. MIL in NLCS Game 1 (1.0 IP) at MIL ... earned first career postseason win in Game 2 of NLCS,with 0.2 IP, inducing Rickie Weeks into an inning-ending double play ... earned World Series win with 2.1 IP in Game 3, becoming the seventh Cardinals rookie pitcher to record a win in the World Series and first since Adam Wainwright (10/26/06 vs. DET) ... was brought in relief in Game 5 of the World Series and issued an intentional walk to Ian Kinsler before being removed, becoming the third pitcher in World Series history, and first since Mike Stanton (10/20/92) for Atlanta vs. Toronto, to face one batter and issue an intentional walk ... gave up back-to-back home runs to Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz in the 7th inning of WS Game 6, becoming thefirst pitcher to allow back-to-back HR in aWorld Series since Tampa Bay's Matt Garza did so in Game 3 of 2008WS ... pitched a perfect 8th inning of WS Game 7, his 8th scoreless appearance of the postseason.
Became the first Memphis pitcher to win 13 games since Larry Luebbers went 13-4 in 1999. ... Combined with Brandon Dickson (11) to become the first pair of Memphis pitchers to win 11 or more games since Luebbers(11) and Sean Lowe (12) in 1998. ... Set a franchise record with a 16 strikeout performance on 9/10 in the deciding third game of the OKC playoff series. That totalwas the top strikeout performance in all of minor league baseball. ... Finished the season first in the PCL with 141 strikeouts, tied for first with 29 games started and tied for second with 13 wins. ... Won six of his final eight starts and posted a 3.24 ERA during that span. ... Struck out a career-high 11 batters in two separate outings during the regular season, once on 7/20 vs. OMA and again on8/30 vs NO. ... Went 5-1 with a 2.70 ERA (36.2 IP, 11 ER, 31 K) in August and is a career 7-1 with a 2.33 ERA during the month. ... Topped the Cardinals minor leaguers in strikeout total (141) for the second consecutive season, ranked first in games started(29), second in innings pitched (164.0), second in wins (13) and ninth in strikeouts per nine innings 7.74. ... Named Cardinals Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Month for May as he compiled a 3-1 record with a 3.19 ERA (31.0 IP, 5 GS, 9BB, 33 SO). ... Ranked the sixth-best prospect in the Cardinals minor league system by Baseball America
Named Cardinals organizational Pitcher-of-the-Year after jumping three levels in his first full professional season. Joinedprevious two winners Jess Todd and P.J. Walters as the only Cardinals Pitchers-of-the-Year to accomplish the three level feat...Topped all Cardinals minor leaguers with 124 strikeouts, 2nd in wins (11), T-3rd in innings (148.2) and games started (25),and 4th in ERA (2.85)...Made one start in Memphis (AAA) tallying a career-high nine strikeouts in a no-decision (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB) vs. OKC (9/4)...Went 2-0 with a 1.87 ERA (33.2 IP, 31 H, 26 K) in six starts in August earning a promotion to finish the season in Memphis...Honored as Cardinals organization Pitcher-of-the-Month for May (4-0, 2.54 ERA, 28.1 IP, 23 K) at Springfield (AA)...Named to the Texas League All-Star team, throwing a perfect sixth inning in relief with a strikeout...Finished third in the Texas League in ERA (2.92) and T-3rd with 11 wins...Had a big Double-A debut at TUL (5/4) earning the win (5.0 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 6 K) with a two-RBI double in his first pro at-bat...Made the move from Palm Beach (A) after posting a 2.30 ERA in five appearances over 15.2 innings.
Made six appearances (4 GS) at short-season Batavia (A)going 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in 18.2 IP and 22 K (.179 avg.)...earnedfirst pro win vs. HVR (7/2) with three scoreless innings of relief (1H, 3 K)...struck out a season-high seven batters in final start at STC(7/26) in four innings...made two starts in Quad Cities (A) throwingeight innings, striking out seven and totaling a 2.25 ERA.