GLENDALE, Ariz. — Right here is newly acquired right-hander Lance Lynn’s plan for 2021. He says it’s the identical as all the time.
“Get able to throw 100 pitches Day 1, be capable to throw 200 innings, strike out 200 hitters and be there each 5 days,” Lynn mentioned.
The Sox traded considered one of their prime pitching prospects, Dane Dunning, to amass Lynn in a commerce with the Rangers after Lynn posted a 3.32 ERA and completed sixth in AL Cy Younger voting, one place behind Keuchel and one in entrance of Lucas Giolito. In two seasons with the Rangers, Lynn completed within the prime six in Cy Younger voting and posted a 3.57 ERA, the identical as his profession mark.
Supervisor Tony La Russa praised Lynn, 33, for speaking with three younger pitchers between drills on the sphere Saturday. Lynn, who pitched on La Russa’s 2011 World Sequence champion Cardinals, says he’s merely all about successful.
Having him to spherical out a trio with Giolito and Keuchel on the prime of the rotation is a motive the Sox are aiming excessive.
“You mentioned it and everyone seems to be saying it,” Lynn mentioned. “We’re right here to win a World Sequence. Generally you even have an opportunity and typically you don’t. This 12 months we really feel like we actually have an opportunity so we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to capitalize on that.”
Crochet good to go
When final seen, 100-102 mph fireballing rookie lefty Garrett Crochet was exiting Recreation 3 of the Wild Card sequence with a good forearm. For his first spring coaching ever, Crochet confirmed up 15 kilos heavier, most of it muscle and is at full power.
Crochet took a month off after the season, constructed up slowly and mentioned his arm felt higher as his throwing progressed. He additionally ramped up his weightlifting routine.
Crochet was so dominating in 5 scoreless regular-season reduction appearances after he was drafted 11th general in June that the Sox pegged him for an enormous function in that decisive sport. He pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning earlier than exiting.
“It was superior to simply sort of have that in my again packet figuring out that I’ve been there only for when the longer term comes,” he mentioned. “Possibly the nerves gained’t hit me as onerous [next time].”
About Recreation 2, Dallas
Keuchel continues to be smarting after not following Giolito’s gem in Recreation 1 of that sequence and placing away the Athletics in Recreation 2. He allowed 5 runs (three earned) on six hits in 3 1/3 innings of a 5-3 loss.
“So I take loads of blame going into Recreation 3 due to the unknown of loads of our guys not having playoff expertise [pitching in Game 3],” mentioned Keuchel, who owns a profession 3.71 ERA in 9 postseason video games.
“That left a bitter style in my mouth, however that’s one thing that I used for this offseason, simply to get again to it and interested by a much bigger image this 12 months now, particularly with a few of the added expertise that we acquired.”
7 video games offered out shortly
Tickets went on sale for the 14 residence Cactus League video games at Camelback Ranch Saturday and 7 offered out the two,400 capability (attributable to Coronavirus restrictions). Tickets (within the lots of) stay for March 2, 5, 9, 18, 22, 24 and 25.
The final phrase
La Russa, 76, had each doses of a Coronavirus vaccine.
“That goes with being a senior citizen, you’ve acquired to take benefit,” he mentioned.