Lance Lynn needs to be the game one starter for the Chicago White Sox.
If you want to set the tone early in a series then there is no better pitcher than Lance Lynn to do it. His mannerisms and intensity on the mound are unmatched by any other pitcher on the Chicago White Sox. The 34-year old right-hander has been dominant for them this season.
Lynn has a 2.20 ERA which is the best in the American League and the second-lowest in the MLB. His .199 opponent batting average is the lowest on the team while his 10 wins are tied for first. With his work up to this point, Lynn finds himself as a front runner for AL Cy-Young this season. He also earned a trip to Denver to pitch in the All-Star Game.
Lance Lynn has already pitched in some big games for the White Sox this year and has risen to the occasion each time. During the home opener, he delivered an 11-K complete-game shutout against the Kansas City Royals.
He took the ball against the Milwaukee Brewers on a nationally televised Sunday night game on ESPN stole the show. Lynn fired six-inning innings of one-run ball and punched out six Brewers. He even had a base hit in the second inning that drove in two runs en route to a 3-1 White Sox victory. The most impressive part of the base hit was that it came on an 0-2 count against Brandon Woodruff. He won’t need to do too much hitting in the playoffs but he will be pitching on some big stages.
Lynn also started the Field of Dreams Game in Dyersville Iowa, which was the most-watched regular-season MLB game in over a decade. He struck out seven Yankees in five innings of work. Tony La Russa has already won a World Series ring with Lance Lynn in 2011. That is the last time either of them has won a ring so Lynn should take the ball on Game 1 of the postseason.