"Yeah, when I make that pitch it seems to be going for a hit instead of having success with it," Lynn said. "It's just kind of the bounces of the game and that's kind of the stretch I'm in right now."
The previous start, there were a lot of well-placed hits, too.
"He's had some weird things happen, he really has," Matheny said. "It's not easy to put your finger on 'How do I fix this' when you have ground balls sneaking through or infield hits, bloops."
Make no mistake, there's been plenty of good times, too.
Lynn has been the beneficiary of prolific run support, with his average of 5.8 runs per start second most in the majors behind only Detroit 13-game winner Max Scherzer' at 5.89. His 4.13 ERA is the highest on the staff by more than a run and both he and 13-game winner Adam Wainwright have five losses although Wainwright is also among the league leaders with a 2.44 ERA.
That no doubt makes it more difficult for teammates hearing it from Lynn, even if most people in the stands can't pick it up. And even, as Matheny adds, whether that was Lynn's intent.
"When a play doesn't happen behind you and you start screaming, you've got a professional athlete who takes a lot of pride in how he goes about his business," Matheny said. "If something is obvious that you should have made a play and you see an outburst from somebody, whether it's me over here or somebody on the field, it comes across in the wrong way."
Wainwright is every bit as intense, and had a public disagreement with the manager after believing he'd been yanked too soon earlier in the season. The emotions didn't linger.