Heading into 2015, John Lamb was four years removed from Tommy John surgery and just as far removed from being a top-shelf prospect. The wait wasn't for naught, as Lamb had a breakthrough season at Triple-A Omaha, but it took a trade to the Reds for Lamb to earn his first trip to the majors. He went 1-5 with a 5.80 ERA, but the lefty showed promise as a strikeout pitcher. Not surprisingly, Lamb was much better away from hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park, and that's not his only obstacle in 2016. He's no lock for a rotation spot after having a herniated disc repaired this offseason. Still, he'll be worth drafting in NL-only leagues for the upside.
Lamb underwent offseason back surgery, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Lamb went under the knife for disc surgery in December, but was originally expected to be ready in time for the start of the season. Manager Bryan Price recently indicated that the lefty was a bit behind schedule though, so mid-to-late April seems to be the target date at this point.
Reds starter John Lamb (1-4) lasted only two innings on Saturday, surrendering three hits, five earned runs and two walks in a 10-2 loss to the Mets. He struck out four. Lamb, as is often typical for a rookie, followed up the best start of his career with his worst to date. Things unraveled early, with a first-inning grand slam by Lucas Duda opening the floodgates. Lamb then surrendered a solo dinger to Curtis Granderson in the second, marking his first multi-homer start. Despite the disastrous appearance on Saturday, Lamb has been a serviceable and potential-laden late-season addition to the Reds staff. His 9.96 K/9 rate and the two scoreless starts he already has to his credit serve as indicators that he could possibly blossom into a mainstay on the 2016 rotation.
Reds pitcher John Lamb had his best major league start in a no decision Monday against the Cardinals, as he threw six shutout innings and allowed just five hits and a walk. He struck out six. Lamb now has two quality starts in his eight major league outings and has his ERA down to 4.60. He needed just 84 pitches to make it through the six innings and he induced 11 swinging strikes, a masterful performance. Lamb has allowed just three earned runs in his last three starts and has a 15:7 K:BB in that span.
Reds rookie starter John Lamb took a no-decision Tuesday against San Francisco as he allowed three runs on six hits over four innings. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter. The start marked Lamb's shortest of the season, and he has made just one quality start in his seven outings for the Reds. His ERA is up to 5.35 and he has now given up 45 hits in 37 innings. His 42:13 K:BB is excellent, but it won't matter if he can't keep the hits from falling in.
Reds rookie starter John Lamb picked up his first Major League win on Thursday, as the Reds clobbered the Cardinals 11-0. Lamb went just five innings, but he did not allow a run for the first time in his career. Lamb (1-3, 5.18 ERA) gave up just three hits though he did walk six batters while striking out six. That led to a rather high pitch count, as he left after throwing 98 pitches (57 strikes) over his five innings. Overall, it was a very impressive outing for the young left-hander. He danced in and out of danger all evening, but was able to keep a very potent Cardinals' offense off the scoreboard.