One free agent starting pitcher looks close to finding a new home.
According to FanRag Sports, the Twins are closing in on signing former Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn.
Lynn has had five straight seasons in which he made at least 31 starts. He threw for more than 200 innings in 2013 and 2014 and he posted a career-best .223 batting average against in 2017.
The Mariners and Angels play their first series of the season May 4-6 in Seattle.
“He’s basically like a high school hitter because he’s never seen a good curveball,” one scout told Yahoo. “He’s seen fastballs and changeups. And you’re asking a high school hitter to jump to the major leagues?”
What exacerbates the problem for Ohtani, though, is he has to cheat on inside fastballs. He has to get started early to turn on the pitch, and the issue with that is it leaves him susceptible to curveballs, especially from left-handers as was shown in his strikeout against Clayton Kershaw earlier this week.
Ohtani truly needs time to adjust to MLB-level pitching. He has seen some good pitchers in Japan, but if Miles Mikolas’ transition back into baseball in America is any indication, the level of the hurlers is not up to par with those Ohtani will face this coming season.
And, as you know, the guy Detroit shipped to Atlanta in that trade turned out to have a pretty good career, too. John Smoltz made his MLB debut in 1988 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015.