John Lamb (1-4, 4.60) vs. TBA – 1:35 p.m, MASN/WUSA9
On Sunday, the Washington Nationals will go up against John Lamb, who was one of the pitchers acquired in the Johnny Cueto deal from the Royals last July. The 25-year-old hasn’t won a game since June 1, but he did pitch well on Tuesday against the Cubs.
In that start, he went six innings, gave up two runs on six hits, struck out seven, and walked one in a no-decision. He does have 25 walks in 11 starts, but at the same time, he has given up a combined total of 12 runs in his last six starts.
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When he takes the mound, the 25-year-old left-hander has an average velocity of 89.5 miles per hour on his fastball (according to Fangraphs), a slider, curveball, cutter, and changeup. The only hitter who has an at-bat against Lamb is Daniel Murphy (1-for-1).
Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals have not announced a starter for this game yet. Dusty Baker did speak to the media about that this afternoon and judging by his comments, it doesn’t sound like this is when Stephen Strasburg would come off the disabled list:
If Strasburg doesn’t get the start, the pitcher I would like to see get a second chance is Lucas Giolito. In his MLB debut on Tuesday, Giolito only went four innings because of the rain delay, but he gave up only one hit and showed off a devastating curveball to go with a fastball that touched 96 miles per hour.