Hello again, Lance Lynn. NLDS Game 2 represents the 10th time Lynn has started against the Pirates since the start of the 2012 season, providing a familiar face and arm for Pittsburgh's attempt to even up the playoff series.
The Bucs have produced many runs against the Cardinals' right-handed starter in that timespan: in 50.1 innings, Lynn has posted a 5.19 ERA despite 54 strikeouts and 21 walks. Beyond the results, simply facing a familiar pitcher can provide the Pirates a small advantage between two evenly matched teams.
"As a hitter, the unknown is sometimes a difficult thing," second baseman Neil Walker said. "Seeing guys' fastballs out of their hands, seeing the breaking ball... [but] we're not banking on that."
Make no mistake: Lance Lynn is a quality starter for St. Louis i...
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.