Lamb could become Arizona's designated hitter if MLB adopts a universal DH for all teams in an abbreviated 2020 season, Mike Axisa of CBS Sports reports.
A shift to universal DH gives Lamb a path to more consistent at-bats than he would have received in a normal season. He dealt with an injury in 2018, then lost a full-time job in 2019, but the left-handed hitting Lamb has a career .814 OPS against right-handers. At the very least, he could become the lefty portion of a DH platoon, possibly with Kevin Cron, a minor-league masher that's belted 44 home runs at Triple-A Reno and Arizona in 2019.
Lamb went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI in Saturday's spring game against the Padres.
Lamb told Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic that minimized movement in his swing resulted in the big day against San Diego. After he struck out against Royals right-hander Trevor Rosenthal on three pitches Wednesday, he worked to clean up the load in his swing. "Even against lefties, I've now been seeing everything really well. When I feel myself in that launch position, heel down, I feel that I can hit anybody," Lamb said after notching the three extra-base hits. The trick for Lamb will be to maintain the new swing mechanics while playing two or three times per week. At present, there isn't a spot for him in the everyday lineup.
Lamb went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's spring game against Texas.
Lamb, who is 2-for-16 in seven spring appearances, doesn't have a clear path to at-bats in 2020. The 29-year-old corner infielder dealt with injuries in 2018 and 2019 and lost an everyday job at first base to Christian Walker. With Eduardo Escobar set to man third base, the left-handed hitting Lamb could play two-to-three games per week, likely against right-handers, against which the team finished 23rd in OPS (.728) last season. The question then becomes whether Lamb can maintain his swing mechanics playing every third day or so.
Lamb and the Diamondbacks agreed to a one-year, $5.515 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Lamb battled injuries again in 2019, receiving just 226 plate appearances. He wasn't good when healthy, hitting just .193/.323/.353, but the Diamondbacks are demonstrating faith in him by keeping him around.
Lamb hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter in Friday's 6-3 win over the Padres.
In the midst of an eighth-inning rally, Lamb came to bat for pitcher Robby Scott. He then deposited the fourth pitch he saw over the fence to put the Diamondbacks ahead, ultimately for good. The third baseman has had few highlights this year; he has six homers, 30 RBI and 26 runs scored while batting .190/.317/.348 in 184 at-bats.
Lamb went 1-for-3 with a double and four RBI in Monday's 7-5 win over the Marlins.
Lamb's bases-clearing double was the biggest hit in a four-run seventh inning, turning a deficit into a lead for the Diamondbacks. This was just the sixth start in the last 18 games for Lamb, who once was a lineup regular against right-handers but has since been replaced by Wilmer Flores. He's hitting just .195 since the All-Star break.
Lamb is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.
Lamb seems to have ceded his spot on the lineup versus right-handed pitching to Wilmer Flores, who will draw a start at second base in the series finale with Trevor Bauer on the mound for Cincinnati. Since the All-Star break, Lamb is slashing an abysmal .193/.326/.361 with only four home runs in 52 games.
Lamb was not in the starting lineup Wednesday against San Diego right-hander Chris Paddack.
Manager Torey Lovullo slotted right-handed-hitting Wilmer Flores into the lineup ahead of the left-handed-hitting Lamb. This appears to be the manager's concession to the players' recent hitting trends. Flores has sparkled since returning from a foot injury in mid-July while Lamb has batted .176 (16-for-91) with a .619 OPS over the last 40 games. Lovullo told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he'll see how expanding Flores' role plays out over the next couple of days, suggesting that Lamb will move to a permanent bench role going forward.
Lamb is not in the lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.
Lamb will head to the bench Saturday with left-hander Clayton Kershaw toeing the rubber for the Dodgers. In his place, Eduardo Escobar is covering the hot corner while Wilmer Flores is starting at second base.
Lamb is not starting Thursday against the Dodgers.
Lamb is hitting just .145 with a .520 OPS through 23 games this month, so he'll head to the bench for Thursday's series opener with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu set to start for the opposition. Eduardo Escobar is covering the hot corner in his stead, with Wilmer Flores starting at second base.
Lamb is not starting Monday against the Giants, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Lamb is struggling in August, slashing just .137/.267/.255 through 22 games, so he'll head to the bench for the second time in three games even with a right-hander in Tyler Beede starting for the opposition. Eduardo Escobar is covering the hot corner in his place Monday, with Wilmer Flores starting at the keystone.
Lamb was held out of the starting lineup against a right-hander Saturday.
Lamb has been a lineup regular against right-handed starters, so having him sit against Chase Anderson was a mild surprise. However, given his batting average -- Lamb is hitting .146 in the month of August -- Lamb sitting against any pitcher is not much a surprise.
Lamb is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.
With a lefty (Madison Bumgarner) on the mound, Lamb will take a seat after starting five of the past six games. Lamb is slashing just .176/.317/.353 in August and may begin to lose work to Josh Rojas over the final few weeks of the season.
Lamb went 1-for-3 in Saturday's 11-6 loss to the Giants.
Lamb is having a rough go of it at the plate this month, batting just .176 (6-for-34) over 15 games and seeing his average fall to .220. His slumping bat makes him a candidate to be removed from games, as he was Saturday, when manager Torey Lovullo makes a double switch.
Lamb went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Monday's win over Colorado.
Lamb bopped the first of Arizona's three home runs in the sixth inning when the Diamondbacks took a lead they would not relinquish. It was just the fifth homer for the corner infielder, who missed a good chunk of the season due to a quadriceps injury. He's slumped over the last two weeks, batting just .167 (5-for-30) over the last 14 games. Lamb has remained a regular in the lineup against right-handers, though he may be squeezed out more frequently in the weeks to come following the promotion of Josh Rojas.
Lamb went 1-for-4 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Saturday's 18-7 rout of the Nationals.
His fifth-inning shot was the last of three the D-backs hit off Stephen Strasburg on the night. Lamb is starting to show signs of life at the plate, slashing .269/.333/.615 over the last 10 games with two of his four homers on the year.
Lamb is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins.
Unsurprisingly, the lefty-hitting Lamb will take a seat with the Marlins deploying a southpaw starting pitcher (Caleb Smith) for the series finale. Christian Walker (elbow) will check back in at first base for the Diamondbacks while Eduardo Escobar logs the start at the hot corner.
Lamb started at first base and went 0-for-3 in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.
Lamb filled in for the injured Christian Walker, who was hit by two pitches Saturday including one that caused swelling in his left elbow. Lamb will continue to fill in at first base, though Walker doesn't think the injury is anything more serious than a contusion, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Lamb went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a second run scored in Saturday's 9-2 win over the Marlins.
Lamb continues to be the primary third basemen against right-handed starters. There was some thought that David Peralta's return to the outfield might impact Lamb's playing time, but that has not happened in the two games Peralta has played since coming off the injured list. Lamb has hit safely in four straight games and is batting .242 (15-for-62) with nine extra-base hits (.500 slugging) in the 22 games since his return from the IL due to a quadriceps.
Lamb is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.
With lefty John Means on the bump, Lamb will head to the bench after drawing three consecutive starts. The Diamondbacks have created room in the lineup for Lamb lately by shifting Eduardo Escobar off the hot corner to second base and Ketel Marte to center field, but the 28-year-old could see his role get downsized in the near future. David Peralta was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday and should take back an everyday role in the outfield beginning Friday, which may result in Marte and Escobar seeing most of the action at second and third base, respectively.
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