Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn allowed a pair of homers in an otherwise decent June 6 start against the Blue Jays, in Toronto, and was apparently convinced afterward that he’d been tipping some of his pitches.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch described how Lynn and the coaching staff noticed and then fixed the issue:
The hitters’ reaction to his breaking ball was telling, and to combat their read on him Lynn changed the positions of his hand. He’d been more consistent from the stretch, so he lowered his hands from the windup, too, and “stopped the up-down motion.” The benefit has been an increased command of his fastball and less wild, untamed movement from his sinker. His curveball has also been more effective.
Last night Lynn tossed eight shutout inning against the Rockies, at Coors Field, and since that June 6 start against the Blue Jays he’s thrown 22 innings with a 0.82 ERA and 20/4 K/BB ratio.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.