Let me make this perfectly clear, I don't want to jinx the Cardinals by saying they will make the playoffs. But that said, IF the Cardinals do make the playoffs, they will more than likely follow baseball tradition and go with a three-man rotation.
Back in the first half of the season, All-Star Lance Lynn would have been a no-brainer to add to that shortened rotation. He was 6-0 through May 7, with a 1.40 ERA and at the time of his All-Star selection, posted an 11-4 record with a respectable 3.41 ERA.
Since then though, Lynn has been all over the board. He struggled heading into the All-Star break, posting a 5.67 ERA in his six June starts. He rebounded a bit in July, winning all of his decisions going 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA.
Then came August and Lynn started to look worn down. This is his first season as a full-time starter in the big leagues and the season appears to be wearing on him from an outsiders perspective, although skipper Mike Matheny says that is not an issue.
Lynn was key out of the bullpen last season during the Cardinals post season run and here are five reasons why he can be valuable in that role again this year as the Cardinals push toward October.