Newly acquired pitcher Lance Lynn appeared on ESPN 1000’s “Kap & J. Hood” this morning and fielded questions about his excitement to join the Chicago White Sox.
The former Texas Rangers’ hurler explained that he is prepared to eat up innings for the club as the season progresses in order to keep the health of the bullpen at the forefront. This is important because of what White Sox fans saw this past season. Bullpen arms saw more use than ever and starters were going five or fewer innings on a regular basis.
Lynn talked about how if the bullpen has to cover four innings every game, there’s going to be a big problem at the end of the year. Furthermore, the right-hander said that he has no problem working in volume. He expressed his desire for the coaching staff to not put limits on his arm and body and to assess his outings individually without any preconceived notion to pull him at a certain point.
The former St. Louis Cardinal was asked about new White Sox manager Tony La Russa and his ability to mesh with the young ball club. Lynn briefly answered that La Russa seems to have the ability to mix the old-school style and the new-age way of playing the game today. He added that he has seen La Russa smile before, he promises, he smiles. Lynn’s first year with the Cardinals was in 2011, which was La Russa’s last with the team. Oh yeah, that St. Louis club won a World Series title.
Another note that stood out from his interview dealt with the MLB trade deadline this past August. Lynn explained that, while he didn’t have any of the hard details, there were phone calls exchanged by the Rangers and White Sox that involved the Marion, Indiana native a few months back. The question is, would that transaction have cost more for the White Sox rather than waiting until just days ago to strike the deal?
Regardless, one of the league’s most dominant pitchers is now part of the White Sox rotation and ready to put in work alongside Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, and Dylan Cease. The ultimate goal is to win baseball games and bring a World Series trophy back to the South Side of Chicago.
Be sure to follow Sox On Tap on Twitter and check out their most recent podcast for further analysis of the early White Sox offseason acquisitions.