Posted: 4:38 pm Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Lynn strikes out 10 Braves in four innings 

By David O'Brien

JUPITER, Fla. – Braves hitters have set a franchise record for strikeouts for three consecutive seasons, and if spring training is any indication they could make it four in a row.

St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn struck out 10 Braves in four innings Thursday, including each of the last eight he faced during a 11-0 Cardinals win at Roger Dean Stadium. Braves hitters have struck out 138 times in 19 games, the most strikeouts in the Grapefruit League and second-most in the majors behind the Diamondbacks (148 before Thursday).

The Braves and Mets tied for the National League lead with 1,384 strikeouts in 2013, which partly explained how the Braves could the league in homers (181) and rank second in walks (542), but rank fourth in runs (688) with almost 100 fewer than the Cardinals (783).

The Cardinals struck out 274 fewer times than the Braves, and hit a majors-leading .330 with runners in scoring position compared to the Braves’ .251 (seventh in the NL).

Lynn allowed one hit and no walks in four innings. He struck out Andrelton Simmons and Todd Cunningham to end the second, then struck out the side in the next two innings, including B.J. Upton and Tommy La Stella each for the second time. He was the first Cardinals pitcher in at least 20 years to strike out 10 batters in a spring training game.

8 comments
BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

Pitiful outing for the Brave's yesterday against the Cards.......Garcia and Gearrin were terrible and BJ looked like his old self!I am not giving a pass to the other hitters either.........Gattis looked like he wanted to kill someone with those wild swings and with the exception of 1 Johnson single all the regulars(Heyward and Freeman didn't play so they aren't included here) looked lousy!

DontCareForThem
DontCareForThem

Looks like once again - this year - our Hitting Coach is up to his usual non-performance......this whole management crew needs to be deep-sixed.

JustPat
JustPat

I'm really trying not to get too discouraged. Know that ST is not a precursor for the season, but.....man!!!!.....it's hard sometimes to keep your "chin up:. :-(

JustPat
JustPat

Have the "old" Braves regulars, by any chance, started their own chat room? I'd really like to know since I'd go there if we could. 

FarTrain
FarTrain

Yeh, 9 of those were BJUpton and Uggla !

BravesFan1966
BravesFan1966

I watched part of the game today.  They looked like the 1962 Mets.  They could not have hit Lynn with a boat paddle.  They looked HORRIBLE at the plate.  Swing and a miss.  BJ looked like a 10 year old with the bat in his hand.  Lynn threw one to him and he looked like he was looking for a slow ball and got a heater and half swung.

tarly
tarly

Some things never change.