The Chicago White Sox didn’t have the best series of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers. They dropped the first two and knew they needed a big game on Sunday to avoid the sweep. It is in those situations where Lance Lynn starting is absolutely perfect.
He is just the guy you would want to have on the mound in a “must-win” game. This wasn’t necessarily a must-win game but it would have felt horrible to be swept by the Brewers in their park.
The game was also on national television which made it even more pressure-filled. Lance Lynn came up big as he only allowed the Brewers one run in six innings of work. It lowered his already low ERA to keep him firmly in Cy Young contention. After six innings, they handed the ball off to Michael Kopech and Liam Hendriks for the big win.
Lance Lynn’s pace is as good as any Chicago White Sox pitcher ever. His 1.91 ERA at the end of July is the sixth-best (minimum of 100 innings pitched) by the end of July over the last 100 years. He only trails Billy Pierce, Wilbur Wood, Eddie Fisher, Chris Sale, and Tommy John. Of course, he is scheduled to make one more start before July is over.
The Chicago White Sox have gotten everything they need and more from Lance Lynn.
Lynn has a 10-3 record to join that 1.91 ERA. He is having as good of a year as anyone in recent history. The fact that the team is awesome around him makes it even better. He has a sense of calm-factor to him when he pitches. He does, however, show extreme emotion when things are going well which is always fun to see.
It wasn’t just his work on the mound that helped the White Sox win either. Being in a National League park, the White Sox got to see some rare at-bats from their pitchers as well. Lynn went 1-2 with two RBIs. He really helped himself get the run support he needed to win as the Sox only won 3-1. It was really cool to see Lynn go up there and swing it. He looked like a comfortable hitter in there.
The White Sox are now off to play the Kansas City Royals. They are going to have Eloy Jimenez in the lineup as they get ready to torch the league for the rest of the season. Lynn won’t pitch in that series but we can expect to see him back at Guaranteed Rate Field next weekend. It has been a great year for him so far and the stats show why.