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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Remains Non-Committal on Lance Lynn’s Postseason Role

The Dodgers saw something deeper than Lance Lynn’s surface level stats when they traded for the veteran starter at this year’s trade deadline.

Lynn, while better with LA than his previous stop in Chicago, still had enough concerns down the stretch for his manager Dave Roberts’ to remain torn on his October role starting this Saturday night.

The 36-year-old went 7-2 with the Dodgers after a dismal first half with the White Sox marred by huge home run rates and a paltry ERA near 6 on the Windy City’s South Side.

Lynn, to his credit, cut down that mark to 4.36 in his 11 starts with LA, but his league worst home run rate continued to be an issue.

As a Dodger, the righty gave up 16 home runs through those 11 starts and raised his season total to an absurd 44 total dingers surrendered.

Roberts has a decision to make due to Lynn’s usual role as a starter while also accounting for his astronomical home run rate.

Runs come at a premium in the postseason and Lynn’s clear issue to keep the ball in the park could spell disaster to begin the Dodgers’ quest for a 2023 championship.

Lynn served his role as an innings eater and high level competitor for his teammates in his two month stint with the Dodgers quite well.

However, Lynn’s recent postseason track record makes it hard to believe Roberts would trust him with a long leash, let alone a start at all.

Decisions like this are never easy but Roberts will have to make the tough call much like he’s done all year through another 100-win season in LA.

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One Comment

  1. Lance is too fat to even be in the majors. Too high ERA.
    Roberts can’t manage, allowing Lance to give up 7 runs in one inning, countless blown saves in years past by Kenley Jansen, Max Muncy at third?, also too fat.

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