In his first, against the Chicago Cubs on April 6, Lynn was sharp in a no-decision. Hurling 5.1 innings and 98 pitches, he walked 1 and fanned four. He surrendered a walk and five hits, but kept the ball in the yard allowing two earned runs.
Aside from an Anthony Rizzo double, Lynn did not allow another extra-base hit. He tossed 61 strikes and 37 balls inducing five swings and misses. With the Cardinals thinking they have a legitimate shot hanging with the Cubs all year, the Cardinals want to see what Lynn can give them his second time out.
Knowing there will be a strict pitch or inning limit, it is important the Nats grind out at-bats and work that pitch count. It takes a few starts for anyone coming off Tommy John to feel comfortable. Washington wants to have his comfort level return some place beside Nationals Park.
Before the injury, Lynn posted a 3-1 record against the Nats in six games. With a 3.29 ERA over four starts and 27.1 innings, he struck out 31 while walking 10.