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Goold Talks Lynn’s Bounce-Back Outing, Says Wainwright ‘Eager’ For Bullpen Role

Brendan Marks, Thu, 24 Sep 2015 16:11:00 GMT

st. louis post-dispatch beat writer derrick goold joined the ryan kelley morning after on thursday to discuss several cardinals topics, including lance lynn’s bounce-back performance and adam wainwright’s first simulated game since being cleared for baseball activities.

We typed up a few excerpts from the interview. You can listen to the whole thing below:

On Lynn:

“The elephant in the room is the fact they have five starters…all of whom have a case to make they should be in the postseason rotation. I don’t think they’re making that decision right now. There’s a lot of different ways this could go. One thing they can do is announce who the starters are the first three games. Then if there’s a game four…they could make that decision then. They can just sort out the roles on the fly.”

On Lynn’s bounce-back performance:

“He wasn’t slinging (in his other starts). Sometimes he just slings the ball and looks like he’s going off the sides of the mound as opposed to going forward. He doesn’t like the comparison…but the best way to think about it is at times he’s like a merry-go-round, and they want him like a ferris wheel. You see him do that…and kind of correct it yesterday.”

On Tony Cruz:

“It’s fitting for the season. Tony Cruz has done well. He’s caught Lynn as much as any catcher has. He’s got the trust of the team and that was such a big reason why they keep him as the back-up. It’s very hard for the Cardinals to attract catchers…but it’s not really appealing for a guy to come here…and not get much playing time and go back on the market. So they’ve learned they have to develop guys and Cruz has been around for a while now. The pitchers really do trust him and the Cardinals put a lot of weight in that.”

On Adam Wainwright’s simulated game:

“He was scheduled to do his first sim game this weekend…but he had to throw a bullpen yesterday anyways. He had some good action on his pitches. The command was not quite as precise…But he’s a quick learner with that stuff. I think he looked pretty free and pretty strong off the mound. I think you’re going to see a guy who’s ready to go next week and is eager for this short burst of being a reliever.”

Here’s the complete segment:

Derrick Goold on The Morning After