CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 08: Starting pitcher Lance Lynn # 33 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Kansas City Royals throughout the Opening Day home video game at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 08, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).
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Lance Lynn continued his lights out season with the Chicago White Sox by pitching a complete video game shutout in the teams home opener on Thursday.
The Chicago White Sox have actually not been dealt the best start to their season, as they lack star outfielder Eloy Jimenez due to a torn pectoral muscle and Tim Anderson is on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring. After 7 video games on the roadway, the White Sox returned to the Windy City to play their first home game of 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field. And pitcher Lance Lynn made it worthwhile.
Lynn pitched a total game shutout in Chicagos 6-0 win over the rival Kansas City Royals. The veteran right-hander struck out 11 batters, strolled no players and permitted just five hits on 110-pitches. Lynn now holds the difference of having the first total video game and first nothing of the 2021 MLB season.
Lynn had an unbelievable 2020 campaign with the Rangers, as he led the league in games started (13 ), innings pitched (84.0) and batters dealt with (344 ).
Lynn pitched a complete game shutout in Chicagos 6-0 win over the rival Kansas City Royals. Lynn now holds the distinction of having the first complete game and first shutout of the 2021 MLB season.
White Sox: Lance Lynn makes a declaration in house opener win over Royals.
The veteran pitcher did get some assistance in the batters box in the very first inning on back-to-back crowning achievement from 3rd baseman Yoan Moncada and the red-hot novice Yermin Mercedes to offer him a 3-0 cushion. From there, Lynn did this outing and the rest is the exact factor why the White Sox got Lynn this offseason.
Lynn had an unreal 2020 project with the Rangers, as he led the league in video games started (13 ), innings pitched (84.0) and batters dealt with (344 ). With those numbers, Lynn recorded a 3.32 ERA, 1.060 WHIP and 89 strikeouts. With the Rangers wanting to rebuild, they went shopping Lynn for potential customers. The White Sox, looking to compete for the World Series in 2021 by creating a three-headed monster with Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel, got the Rangers to consent to a trade by sending out over right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning and left-handed pitcher Avery Weems.
Far, so great for the White Sox and Lynn. In his first start of the season, Lynn struck out six batters and enabling 6 hits in 4.2 innings of work (99 pitches) in Chicagos 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels this past Saturday.
It might only be his 2nd start of the season, Lynns outing has to have White Sox fans feeling quite great about the rotations opportunities this year.