Matheny's choice of Lynn for NLDS Game Two is the right one

Posted by Scott Wuerz on October 1, 2013 

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made his share of odd decisions during his club's last game of the season.

But his choice on Tuesday to name Lance Lynn his club's starter in game two of the National League Division Series isn't his effort to keep the streak alive.

Lynn is something of a no-brainer for the start in my book. First, he's the most experienced pitcher available to the Cardinals after ace Adam Wainwright. Not only has Lynn notched 412 1/3 innings over the regular season with a stellar 34-18 earned run average and a respectable 3.82 ERA. But, for a 26-year-old guy, he's got quite a few postseason miles on him.

He's pitched in five playoff series, taking on a little bit more responsibility each time. He's got a 3-2 record in October baseball and an ERA of 4.50. 

Lynn has also earned the playoff start with a strong finish to the 2013 season. He was 15-10 with a 3.97 ERA overall. But since the beginning of September he's made five starts and won three of them with a 2.12 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 11 walks in 29 2/3 innings.

There's also the home field advantage for Lynn. In 2013 he was consistently excellent at home with a 9-3 record and a 2.82 ERA.

Not only does Lynn deserve the start. But it's the right decision to use him at home instead of on the road where he's 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA. Starting the big righty at home gives the Cardinals the ability to keep him on the mound at Busch Stadium for this series and a potential berth in the National League Championship Series.

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