Lamet pitched four scoreless innings in a Cactus League game against Seattle on Wednesday, allowing one hit while striking out three. Lamet has shined as one of the most impressive hurlers in Cactus League play, starting three games without allowing an earned run. In those contests, he has pitched nine innings and has allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters. Lamet's dominant spring has cemented his place near the front of San Diego's regular-season rotation.
Lamet hurled two scoreless innings against Cincinnati on Saturday, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three. Now two seasons removed from Tommy John surgery, Lamet has emerged as a popular breakout candidate following a 14-game stint in the majors last season during which he struck out 105 batters in 73 innings. He's a lock to open the campaign in the Padres' rotation, and he has the tools -- including a fastball that sits in the mid-90s -- to put it all together this season if he can stay healthy.
Lamet signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Lamet underwent Tommy John surgery in spring 2018 and returned to the mound for the Padres just before the All-Star break in July. The 27-year-old had a 4.07 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 105:30 K:BB over 73 innings (14 starts) and should factor into San Diego's starting rotation in 2020.
Lamet gave up four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out 10 through five innings in a no-decision agains the Dodgers on Wednesday. Lamet allowed three runs in the first two innings, but settled down to only give up one more run in his final three frames. Lamet registered 11 swinging strikes and 18 called strikes, but he also allowed three home runs. Lamet registered 24 strikeouts in his final two starts. The 27-year-old will finish the season with a 3-5 record with a 4.07 ERA and 105 strikeouts through 73 innings.
Lamet is scheduled to make his final start of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers. Lamet would have been available to take the hill in Tuesday's series opener on five days' rest, but the Padres elected to expand the rotation to six men and give the right-hander an additional day of rest following his dazzling 14-strikeout outing Sept. 18 in Milwaukee. The right-hander has been spectacular since the beginning of August, turning in a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 65 strikeouts over an eight-start stretch. His move back in the Padres' pitching schedule robs him of a two-start week, but Lamet still looks like a solid lineup option in most formats based on the form he's displayed lately.
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