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The Cardinals need fewer excuses and more focus

It was one thing to watch Lance Lynn get bombed by the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

But it was even worse to hear him complain and make excuses after the fact.

Lynn, after giving up six earned runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings complained that extra rest given to him by manager Mike Matheny was at least partially to blame, causing him not to be sharp.

I thought the immature version of Lynn that used to rub the skipper the wrong way with his negative body language on the mound and pouting was in the past. There is no excuse for creating division and distraction in the clubhouse at this point of a the year with the Cardinals cruising in first place.

Whether or not Matheny takes offense to the comments, it’s still out of line to make lame excuses for poor play.

It’s fairly obvious that both Lynn and fellow starting pitcher Carlos Martinez were desperate for a break.

▪  Lynn was 6-5 with a 2.90 ERA in the first half. Opponents batted .249 against him and he struck out 102 while walking 32. In the second half, he is 5-4 with a 3.19 ERA with a .282 batting average against and 48 strikeouts compared to 23 walks.

▪ Martinez was 10-3 with a 2.52 ERA in the first half. He allowed 88 hits in 107 1/3 innings of work for a .226 batting average against. In the second half, Martinez is 3-4 with a 4.13 ERA and 61 hits allowed in 52 1/3 for a .296 batting average against.

While this race is in good shape, it’s not over. The Cardinals need Lynn and Wacha to be in the best shape possible both mentally and physically for the push to the playoffs an beyond.

It’s time to put the disappointment of Labor Day behind them and get back their focus.

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