Lamb is off to a 4-for-22 (.182 average) start at the plate in spring training entering Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Reds.
Despite the poor average, Lamb has hit the ball hard when he has made contact, leaving the yard twice. Fantasy owners earmarking a third-base, corner-infield or utility spot for Lamb shouldn't make too much of his underwhelming performance so far this spring with regards to his outlook for the upcoming campaign, but the 27-year-old could nonetheless have a tougher time repeating the 30 homers and 64 total extra-base hits he delivered last season after it was announced in February that a humidor would be installed at Chase Field in 2018. As Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic notes, a study published last year by University of Illinois physics professor Dr. Alan Nathan revealed that a humidor could reduce home-run production at Chase Field by 25-to-50 percent, a more significant drop than what was experienced at Colorado's Coors Field due to Phoenix's lower average relative humidity. A depressed power environment in Arizona would be particularly damaging for a player like Lamb, who has been no better than a negative-to-neutral fantasy contributor in terms of stolen bases and batting average over his four seasons in the big leagues.
This was Lamb's first offseason as an arbitration-eligible player, and he was rewarded for his impressive offensive production over his first three-plus seasons. Lamb cut his strikeout rate and upped his walk rate last season, but he remains a liability against left-handed pitching (44 wRC+ in 2017, 47 wRC+ against southpaws for his career). He makes for a good source of power and counting stats, but his batting average will be middling as long as he is an everyday player.
Lamb is out of the lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Friday.
With left-hander Clayton Kershaw taking the mound for Los Angeles, Lamb will retreat to the bench as Adam Rosales draws the start at the hot corner. He will be available, and is likely to enter the game at some point, either as a pinch hitter or subbing in for Rosales in the latter stages of Friday's affair.
Lamb has fit the profile of a Three True Outcomes player for much of his career, but he prioritized contact hitting over selling out for power Wednesday, as all of his hits were singles. He picked a good time to deliver his only four-hit game of the campaign, though the third baseman put together seven three-hit performances during the regular season.
Lamb went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Royals.
With his second long ball in as many days, Lamb is now up to 30 home runs for the season, besting his previous career high established in 2016. While Lamb has mostly held steady in batting average and steals compared to his marks in 2016, the Diamondbacks' improved offense has allowed him to up his run total from 81 to 89 and his RBI total from 91 to 104, giving him more all-around fantasy value this season.
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