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Lamb lost some control

April 15, 2011

Laguna Hills, CA – Yesterday’s professional baseball start by John Lamb (0-0, 4.05) was not stellar by one standard alone. Simply too many walks affected the second performance of the season for my son by limiting innings of work. Free passes to first base can destroy any outing on the mound and somehow Lamb and teammates managed to cut the damage during his 44th start in pro ball. The game was extremely hard to digest not only while Lamb lost some control but also the result of the late inning loss by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to the San Antonio Missions.

Photo credit - John Owen

No excuse other than the simple lack of execution to throw strikes. The final line for the Thursday night effort was really not as bad as could have been. The 3.2 innings of work was just shy of the 75 pitch count allowance to start the game. John Lamb allowed 1 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 1 K and managed to pick-off 2 Missions’ base runners which obviously helped limit the damages of not throwing enough strikes. He faced 17 hitters to record the 11 outs with 73 pitches and 35 for strikes. While John endured some sub par numbers during this past start, I’m confident something can be drawn from the experience and credited towards a positive learning experience.

The phone exploded with texts and calls from all over with genuine concern about John’s performance. Personally, I have no concern over the numbers during the early start of the minor league season. Statistics will get better in 5 days, get worse or move sideways. My son will make the adjustments through hard work to regain the form that many have seen, or expect.

The Kansas City Royals, staff and many of the top prospects are under tremendous pressure to produce within the highly touted farm as advertised by many baseball media outlets. Pressure is simply a part of professional baseball and the successful players learn how to manage and channel the insistence on a daily basis. It really can be a tricky predicament in the world of sports. The quickest way to remove some weight is to simply execute and win. However, the more consistently you perform during development may even ignite some panic when you stray.

My son will have better days during his professional baseball career and possibly much worse than start #44 before he takes off the uniform. Taking the ball every five days to try to help his team win is primary focus in the mind of John Lamb. He is fully aware of the need to control and command his pitches to help his team try to win ballgames.

It is very hard to take the results of any single baseball game to serious with weather, earthquakes, hunger and poverty spread throughout the country and world. There really are much more pressing issues to concern ourselves with during our rough times.

Notes and comments from fans around the minor league ballparks confirm one of my greatest satisfactions knowing that John Lamb continues to embrace the fans of the game during his special opportunity to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals organization. It makes me extremely proud when I hear that my son has placed another smile on the face of a baseball fan.

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4 Comments
  1. Lance Sayler permalink
    April 18, 2011 05:32

    There are games where pitchers with pinpoint control walk a lot of batters because an umpire (especially minor league) squeezes them. Not sure if that was the case with John on the last outing but it could be he was ‘painting the black’ and just not getting the calls from one particular ump. I have no doubt he will be fine.

    • April 18, 2011 20:33

      Lance –
      I agree but I was not there to really form an opnion. John knows that some umpires zones are tighter than others. It’s part of learnng how to play professional baseball and why very few, I believe only 20 to date since the draft began, go right to the show after signing their 1st contract. Everyone needs to season up a little before the big dance opportunity 🙂 Thanks for the visit and comments and hope to hear from you again soon!

  2. tbr permalink
    April 18, 2011 14:39

    James, how is John feeling? Is the lat strain still bugging him?

    • April 18, 2011 20:28

      tbr –
      John says he feels real good and no pain from earlier strain during Spring training. Let’s hope for some good results coming out of the hand tomorrow against Corpus Christi. Take care and hope to hear from you again soon 🙂

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