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Cards’ Lynn: Season ‘Feels Like a Failure’ After NLDS Elimination

Brendan Marks, Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:02:00 GMT

cardinals pitcher lance lynn, known for his short and succinct answers to the media, gave a surprisingly elaborate interview with the ryan kelley morning after on tuesday to discuss several topics surrounding the 2015 season.

We typed up several excerpts from the interview, which you can listen to in full below:

A week since you guys were eliminated. When it all ended, what’s your reflection on what happened?

“It was unfortunate. We had a really good regular season…it was a letdown to win that many games and get eliminated in the first round. It kind of feels like a failure. We have a better team than what we showed in that series. We just couldn’t get it done when we needed to.”

How upset were you at the time when John Lackey started Game 4?

“To go through the whole year and go out there and try to give my team a chance to win every time I take the mound, and not get an opportunity to do that in the playoffs, it was frustrating. But when you look at John Lackey and his pedigree and what he’s done in the playoffs, you understand as a baseball player and as a fan, you know what he’s capable of in the playoffs and what he’s done in the past. I was willing to do anything I could to help the team win. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my chance. But that’s just part of it sometimes.”

Do you think you would’ve started Game 5 if you won Game 4?

“I don’t know. Who knows what would’ve happened? If we would’ve won game 4 and I didn’t pitch at all, I would’ve thrown my cap on his desk and told him I’m ready. (Matheny) would have had to make the decision from there.”

“The postseason, you’re ready to go every day. Anything to win that day and you worry about the next day when it comes.”

How do you think you pitched in the regular season?

“Every year you pick out things. I would’ve liked to have done better. I had quite a few starts I didn’t like. Those things stick with you. When you look at those things, it wasn’t terrible. But if felt terrible. I lost 11 games this year, those are 11 times I should’ve pitched better.”

Did the ankle injury affect you more than you let on?

“Whenever you lose your legs…it’s hard. You start relying on things you shouldn’t. It lasted a little longer than I would’ve liked. You’re going to have those nagging injuries. It took me a little longer than I liked to get through it.”

How difficult is it to pitch through those kind of injuries?

“When it all comes down to it, it’s if you get the job done or not. I thought I could go out there and pitch the way I’m capable of, and I didn’t do it. I should be able to get over the ankle injury or whatever nagging things come up. For a stretch there it didn’t go my way and it definitely wasn’t fun.”

“When you’re trying to overthrow, you lose your location. It’s all one thing. You have to learn to get through it with whatever you can. There’s been days in the past where I’ve gotten through it. There’s been other times when I wasn’t able to get through it. You learn from them, you build from them and you don’t let it happen again.”

Thoughts on the Cardinals bringing back John Lackey?

“You look at John and what he’s done in his career. He’s a great guy in the clubhouse, he’s great for the younger kids. I’ve been fortunate in my time in St. Louis to have a lot of guys to follow. He’s just another that you can’t find the competitiveness in other people all the time.”

What you going to do now?

“Right now, it’s time to recuperate a little bit. Let things that might not be feeling great get where they need to be so you…can be 100 percent. It’s a couple weeks of re-grouping, letting the body settle down and get healthy, so you can build back on top of that.”

How did the media treat you this year?

“I’m pretty sure I got them trained for my one-word answer. Sometimes you don’t need to elaborate on the point more. It’s fun. When it comes down to it, they’ve got to do a job, I’ve got to do a job. Some people think I’m being rude…but I’m actually enjoying it. Sometimes it gets boring doing the same old interviews every night. When it comes to a loss, I actually talk a little more.”

Here’s the complete segment (interview starts at the 21-minute mark):

Lance Lynn on The Morning After