On August 12,1979, the New York Mets traded first baseman Willie Montanez to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Mike Jorgensen and a player to be named later. A month later the Rangers shipped minor league pitcher Ed Lynch to the Mets to complete the trade. Ed Lynch would pitch for the Tidewater Tides, the Mets top minor league team in 1980 where he posted a 13-6 record with a 3.15 ERA, splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation He was called up to the majors toward the end of the season and made his Major League debut on August 31st. It was not a success as he pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and allowed 4 hits and 4 earned runs. His next appearance came as a starter on September 13th when the Mets decided to give the young right hander a shot at ending their 13-game losing streak. Lynch would pitch 6 strong innings against the Chicago Cubs allowing just 1 run to earn the victory and end the Mets losing streak. He would finish out the season with a 1-1 record and 5.12 ERA in 19 1/3 innings.
Lynch would return to Tidewater to start the 1981 season, after posting a 7-6 record in 15 starts he was promoted back to the Mets. Once back in New York Lynch won just 4 games while losing 5 but put up a very respectable 2.91 ERA for a very bad Met team. Having proved he could pitch at the Major League level, his minor league days were over and starting in 1982 Lynch became a permanent member of the Mets pitching staff. Over the next 4 seasons he helped turn the Mets from perennial cellar dwellers to one of the top teams in the National League winning 33 games, mainly as a starter. His best season occurred in 1985 when he won 10 and lost 8 with a 3.44 ERA as the Mets finished just 3 games out of first place.
But the Mets continued success came with a price and Ed Lynch paid it. In 1986 after appearing in just one game in April, he was placed on the disabled list with torn cartilage in his knee. While he was sidelined the Mets, led by young pitchers Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez, dominated the National League and were coasting toward their first postseason appearance since 1973. When Lynch came off the DL there was no longer room for him and he was traded to the Chicago Cubs on June 30th. At the time, Lynch was devastated by the news and was quoted as saying “It’s like living with a family all year and they throw you out on Christmas.” But despite his disappointment he handled the situation with the utmost class. When the Mets won the World Series in 1986 his former teammates voted him a full World Series share in appreciation for all he had done for the team.
Lynch would pitch two seasons for the Cubs before retiring after the 1987 season. In 167 games for the Mets over 7 seasons, Ed Lynch posted a 38 and 40 record with 2 saves and 3.82 ERA.
Following his playing days, Ed Lynch stayed in the game as a scout and executive eventually working his way up to become the Cubs General Manager.
While with the Mets Lynch wore the following numbers – 50 (1980), 35 (1980-81), 34 (1981) and 36 (1982-1986).
Ed Lynch also played for the Chicago Cubs in 1986 and 1987.