Apparently I am destined to only pen articles about Lance Lynn this season. That said I was perusing his pitch f/x data in search of an explanation for his first inning struggles. Said struggles are outlined in this table from B-Ref
Clearly first inning = not good. Yeah there may be some BABIP luck in there, but it could be that he’s giving up hard hit balls as well. With those stats in mind I looked for first inning discrepancies in his pitch f/x data and found the following
It looks like in the first inning he pitches like a Cardinal, but in ensuing innings he pitches like Lance Lynn. Does it explain the results? Not sure, but it may be something worth keeping an eye on.