After making news with his slimmer body upon arriving in Jupiter for spring training, St. Louis Cardinals righty Lance Lynn made news on Tuesday with his mouth. Before Chris Carpenter announced that he was having yet more health problems in his beleaguered throwing arm, the Cardinals' announced their plans for a quadruple-threat showdown between young pitchers Lynn, Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller, and Trevor Rosenthal for the starting rotation's fifth and final spot. After Carpenter's apparent season-ending health condition was announced, most observers have written Lynn's name in the starting five with ink while re-booking the showdown for the No. 5 spot a competition of the triple-threat variety between Kelly, Miller, and Rosenthal. Lynn spoke to the media on Tuesday and said this is how it should be. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com quotes him: "The way I approach it is it's my spot," Lynn said. "That's just the way it is. It's my spot to lose. I was an 18-game winner last year with an All-Star appearance. I have to do a lot of things to lose a spot, in my opinion." Lynn is correct in saying that a rotation spot should be his to lose and that a lot has to go wrong for him to lose that spot. However, he's wrong on the reasons why.
A Spot In The St. Louis Cardinals Rotation Should Be Lance Lynn's To Lose, But Not For The Reasons He Thinks
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