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Lynn Moves the Needle for Minnesota’s World Series Odds

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Lance Lynn won 72 games over six seasons with the Cardinals. Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License]
  • Sportsbooks are bullish on the Twins after the team acquired free agent pitcher Lance Lynn
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  • See updated odds to win the 2018 World Series

Minnesota was baseball’s feel-good story in 2017 after the Twins became the first team in Major League history to go from 100 losses to the American League Wild Card Game. They’re hoping to go even further in 2018 after signing free agent pitcher Lance Lynn to a one-year, $12 million contract.

The 30-year-old right-hander officially joined Minnesota on Monday and has already had an impact on the team’s World Series odds. Bovada now has the Twins at +3000, after pegging them at +4000 as recently as late February. Other online sportsbooks have also given the Twinkies a significant bump and are projecting the club to finish behind the Indians for the second straight year in the AL Central.

Lynn made his first start for Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon and looked extremely sharp, striking out five batters in three no-hit innings. The long-time Cardinal threw just 41 pitches and hit 94 miles an hour on the radar gun on multiple occasions. That’s an especially good sign since Lynn wasn’t even in a Major League training camp until 48 hours ago.

Year Record ERA IP H SO
2011 1-1 3.12 34.2 25 40
2012 18-7 3.78 176 168 180
2013 15-10 3.97 201.2 189 198
2014 15-10 2.74 203.2 185 181
2015 12-11 3.03 175.1 172 167
2017 11-8 3.43 186.1 151 153

The Indianapolis native is expected to start twice more during Spring Training and may make a brief appearance in the minors to build up his stamina before heading north. The Twins will be eager to have him at full strength as Ervin Santana is unlikely to be available until late April after undergoing surgery to repair the middle finger on his throwing hand.

The Twins’ World Series odds have also been buoyed by the addition of right-hander Jake Odorizzi and first baseman Logan Morrison.

Lynn isn’t the only new face in camp this week. The Twins’ World Series odds have also been buoyed by the addition of right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who was acquired from the Rays on February 17th, and first baseman Logan Morrison, who agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal on February 28th. Odorizzi went 10-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 143.1 innings pitched in 2017, while Logan hit a career-high 38 home runs with Tampa Bay last season.

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Ryan Murphy began his love affair with sports journalism at the age of nine when he wrote his first article about his little league baseball team. He has since authored his own column for Fox Sports, and now serves as SBD’s resident NBA and MLB expert.