Marlins 4, Cardinals 3
Lance Lynn’s results were bound to regress given that he was coming off a 10-strikeout, four-inning appearance. Even though he was given the opportunity to stretch himself out to 80 pitches, Lynn was only able to get through four innings again today.
He was hit around for three runs on four hits and three walks. Lynn did strike out five, but he had trouble commanding his curveball. That breaking pitch, Lynn said, is always the last of his four to get sharp during spring training. Getting it right will be a significant focus of his during his upcoming bullpen session(s) and final spring start.
“When you look at curveballs, those are the ones that you have to have more feel with,” Lynn said. “The more you throw, the more you feel. The cutter comes right off the four-seam fastball, so that should be the first one to come because the first thing should be the fastball. Then the changeup, you’re throwing everything to look like a heater. The breaking ball is the only one you have a different type of grip. You just have to get that grip and feeling back. That seems to be the last grip you feel comfortable with again.”
Lynn should make one more Grapefruit League start, though manager Mike Matheny has not announced his pitching plans for next week yet. He has also not officially named Lynn to the team’s rotation, though there is every expectation Lynn fits back there.
Closer Trevor Rosenthal was warming in the top of the ninth but did not get into the game since the Cardinals stranded the potential tying run at third. Matheny said Rosenthal will be ready to pitch on Friday despite getting warm today. As for why Rosenthal didn’t pitch earlier in the game to ensure he’d get his work in? Matheny said there were others who needed the work more.
Both Scott Moore and Stephen Piscotty had appeared in every game this spring…. until Thursday. Moore was on-deck to bat in the ninth had Shane Robinson extended the inning.
- Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz was scheduled to return to Jupiter, Fla., today and should make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.
- A day after Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face by a line drive, both Lynn and Matheny discussed pitcher safety (link here). Also in that notebook is more on the bullpen situation and, in particular, Sam Freeman, who is trying to improve his changeup.
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