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South Side Sox 2021 Player of the Week (ending June 4): Lance Lynn

A bastion of confidence, the burly hurler lets out a bellow and dominates when duty calls

Mitch Randell/South Side Sox

Lance Lynn’s energy is volcanic. On the surface, he’s stone-faced and speaks in a steady monotone, but in moments of triumph he spits, roars, and his emotions flow like lava.

Lynn is a self-described asshole on the mound, but I don’t know if that’s an accurate assessment. He has plowed through the 2021 season like a bulldozer, but he’s done it with calculated intent, not so much interested in strikeouts as he is in retiring the side in the most economical way possible.

It’s worked beautifully. With a league-leading ERA of 1.23, Lynn has looked like the best winter trade the White Sox have made in recent memory. This was reinforced last week in a dominant win over the Detroit Tigers, where he allowed only one run, a solo shot by Willi Castro. Trouble came calling in the second inning, when Lynn loaded up the bases after surrendering a single and two walks, but he busted three strikes for a clean final out.

Deservedly, Lynn has been a Cy Young finalist for the last two seasons. And if his 7-1 record is any indication, he’s on that same track once again.

Confidence. Intent. Passion. Lance Lynn’s volcanic energy will take the White Sox far into the season.

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2021 MVP Standings

Carlos Rodón (51.7)
Lance Lynn (44.0)
Michael Kopech (19.3)
Dylan Cease (18.6)
Lucas Giolito (16.0)
Dallas Keuchel (15.3)
Billy Hamilton (12.7)
Luis Robert (11.8)

2021 Cold Cat Standings

Leury García (-35.3)
Evan Marshall (-33.3)
Adam Eaton (-21.7)
Matt Foster (-18.7)
Aaron Bummer (-14.8)

South Side Sox Writer Standings