Lance Lynn believes White Sox learned plenty in season's disappointing end
(670 The Score) With time to reflect on the White Sox’s season in 2021, right-hander Lance Lynn was proud of his club’s accomplishments.
And while the finish was mighty disappointing, Lynn believes the White Sox learned a lot as they lost to the Astros in four games in the American League Division Series after going 93-69 and winning the AL Central.
“We had a good year, obviously it didn't finish the way we wanted it to,” Lynn said. “When you look at making the playoffs two years in a row, the 60-game season in 2020 was a part of it but last year we saw the ups and downs of a season and we suffered injuries. I think we saw we are capable of winning the games we are supposed to. We saw the atmosphere of the playoffs, and many of these guys hadn't ever been in it. Moving forward, we know what kind of quality baseball we need to play to get to the ultimate goal of winning a World Series championship.”
Lynn, 34, spoke Thursday as he was fresh off finishing third in the AL Cy Young race Wednesday. Blue Jays left-hander Robbie Ray won the award, while Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole was the runner-up.
Lynn went 11-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 157 innings across 28 starts.
“This is the first time I have been in the final three,” Lynn said. “I finished in the top 10 the last few years. I am making strides in the ultimate goal of the individual (award), but you are not going to be there without your team.”
Lynn in July signed a two-year contract extension with the White Sox that runs through 2023. He’ll again be tasked with leading a strong rotation, one that's set to have a bit of a different look as right-hander Michael Kopech moves into a starting role after working primarily out of the bullpen in 2021. Lynn is bullish on what Kopech will bring to the rotation.
"He has the desire to be great and the physical ability to do it,” Lynn said. “He has a pitching coach (in Ethan Katz) that is there to help him attain as much success as possible. I know Michael will lean on the guys in the rotation on how to approach and do things. You know with his desire and work, he has a chance to be a very good starting pitcher.”
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine .