Chicago White Sox: Lance Lynn’s shutout really helps bullpen

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When the Chicago White Sox acquired Lance Lynn during the offseason, there were a lot of positive qualities that were said about him. Outside of being a phenomenal starting pitcher, he also received praise for being a guy who loves to eat innings. He showed White Sox fans exactly why in his second start of the season on Thursday night. He was the first White Sox starter to make it through the 6th inning or later this season.

Lance Lynn was awesome in his second start in a Chicago White Sox uniform.

Lance Lynn went the entire game for the White Sox. He gave them nine innings of shutout baseball. No earned runs, no walks, 11 strikeouts, and only five hits yielded earned the White Sox their fourth victory of the season. It was so great to see him throw like that because the White Sox desperately needs it from a guy like him.

It was nice because it helped them win the game. It was even better when you think about the effects that it has on the team as a whole. Because he was so good for all nine innings, they didn’t have to use a single member of the bullpen. They have had to use some of those guys a lot already so in this game, they all got a break. That is just what the doctor ordered for this team as they headed into their first off day of the season.

After the 8th inning, you had to wonder if they would use the bullpen. Liam Hendriks would have been available as the closer but they didn’t need him. Even in the 7th or 8th inning, it was nice to see guys like Michael Kopech and Aaron Bummer not be needed. Those guys can look forward to pitching over the weekend well-rested.

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With Dylan Cease and Carlos Rodon going over the weekend, having everyone available in the bullpen makes it a lot easier to plan for those two games. Lance Lynn did that for them. He wanted to do it and he believes that he is going to get the rest of the starters going. He more than likely doesn’t think they need to go all nine innings but pitching well while they are in is very important. Hopefully, everyone else follows his lead going forward. The White Sox are lucky to have this guy during an extremely important season.