2023 Player Outlook
2023 Recap: Lynn was a workhorse last year, logging 183.2 IP across 32 starts, both of which were his highest marks since the 2019 season. However, his 2.16 HR/9, 10.4 percent barrel rate and 19 percent HR/FB ratio were uncharacteristically bad. While his ERA and BABIP were incredibly better in Los Angeles compared to Chicago, home runs were still an issue for him, and the strikeouts completely disappeared. His pitch mix changed a bit upon the move to LA, highlighted by the near-complete disappearance of his curveball, while spiking the usage of his sinker, which was actually good quite in the final month of the regular season.
2024 Outlook: Other than the strikeouts going away, Lynn really only had two bat starts with the Dodgers, and outside of those two starts, he allowed three or fewer earned runs in every other outing. The Cardinals’ home park should help Lynn out a bit, especially with mitigating some left-handed power. For fantasy purposes, Lynn will be viewed as a bounce back candidate in 2024, as he goes to the NL Central and a pitcher-friendly park, with the hopes of proving that 2023 was an outlier.