Red Sox, Twins pitchers lead the way when it comes to getting shelled

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Expanding on a tweet from ESPN’s Jeremy Lundblad, here’s the number of times each team in baseball has had a pitcher give up at least five earned runs this season.

14 – Red Sox
12 – Twins
8 – Rockies, Yankees
7 – Cubs, Mets
6 – Angels, Blue Jays, Braves, Mariners, Rangers, Royals, Tigers
5 – Athletics, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Giants, Padres
4 – Astros, Rays, Reds, White Sox
3 – Dodgers, Marlins, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates
2 – Nationals
1 – Cardinals, Indians

Aaron Cook was the victim for Boston today, giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings before coming out of his Red Sox debut against the Orioles.

The Orioles, at just three, are probably the surprise of the list with their hot start. They led the majors with 50 such outings of five or more earned runs last year, with the Twins right behind at 49. The Padres (18), Phillies (19) and Nationals (20) had the fewest last season.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.