If you’re a major league player whose name is mentioned in the same sentence as Babe Ruth, you’ve done something pretty special. Just ask St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn.
Lynn is in his fourth season in the majors. He has compiled a 38-19 record. He had a “no decision” in his team’s loss last night to the Brewers. This season he is off to a 4-1 start with a 3.60 ERA. It’s a good start, but where does the Babe Ruth reference come in, you ask?
Of Lynn’s 38 career wins, 12 of them have come in April. In fact, he is 12-1 in April in his career, a .923 winning percentage. Of all the pitchers in MLB history who have started 10 or more games in April (and March), Lynn’s 12-1 record and .923 winning percentage is third all-time. Based on research using Baseball-Reference.com, Lynn falls behind Ray Fisher (7-0) and Babe Ruth (13-1).
(Note: Baseball-Reference.com has monthly split records for pitchers dating back to 1914. Fisher did pitch from 1910-1913, but monthly records are not available.)