St. Louis Cardinals: Lance Lynn Shows Why He Is the Cardinals' Next Ace

Andrew Hermann@@ahermann9Correspondent IJune 14, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 13: Starter Lance Lynn #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium on May 13, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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In his first full year pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals, Lance Lynn has shown that he is the team's future ace.

He has pitched very consistently so far this year, and every time his turn rolls around in the rotation you can almost expect the Cards to come out with a win. 

When Lynn pitches, he also makes others around him play better. He gets great run support, as the Cardinals have scored four or more runs every time Lynn has pitched, except for one game in which the Cardinals scored one run. 

Having allowed three or more unearned runs just once in his 13 starts so far, Lynn has taken over the role of the Cardinals' ace and is currently a front-runner for the Cy Young award.

This past offseason, Lynn signed a one-year deal with St. Louis. Because of the way he has pitched so far this year, the Cardinals will most likely try to re-sign him next offseason to keep him in St. Louis for the years to come. 

If a deal does get done, it could be a huge boost for the Cardinals' aging pitching staff. With Westbrook, Carpenter, Wainwright and Lohse all being over 30, it won't be much longer until they slowly start to end their careers and the new wave of young talent takes over. 

At just 25 years old, Lynn has some great baseball ahead of him. If he continues to pitch like he is now, then he will no doubt be the Cardinals' future ace. He could also possibly win multiple Cy Young awards before his career is over. 

It will be exciting to watch him pitch in the next few years, but for now let's just sit back and enjoy what he is doing, because at his age it's something special to watch.