Lance Lynn had another clunker start for the Cardinals


For the second time in his last three starts Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn failed to make it out of the fourth inning, walking six batters and allowing three runs in 3.1 innings against the Cubs today.

Lynn previously allowed six runs in 2.1 innings against the Cubs on September, although in between those disastrous outings he threw a six-inning, three-run “quality start” versus the Reds.

Combined over his last seven starts Lynn has a 5.35 ERA and more walks (20) than strikeouts (19) in 32 innings, which might be enough to get the pitching-rich Cardinals to reconsider the scope of his postseason role. He’s been a dependable, durable starter for the Cardinals since 2012, but Lynn has looked very shaky lately.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.