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John Lamb | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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John Lamb struggled in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Cubs, surrendering five runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Lamb struck out six and walked three on the afternoon. Austin Jackson burned him for a three-run homer in the third inning. Two frames later, he surrendered a pair of runs to close out his afternoon. The 25-year-old southpaw can now look back on what's been a tough 2015 campaign, one in which he pitched to a 5.80 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 58/19 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings. Oct 1 - 3:48 PM

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John Lamb was lit up for five earned runs in two innings Saturday in the Reds' loss to the Mets.

Lamb was coming off a very good start against the Cardinals, but the Mets jumped all over him on Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati to clinch their first postseason berth since 2006. Lamb walked two and gave up three hits -- two of which were homers. The young left-hander will carry a 5.40 ERA into his final start against the Cubs.
Sep 26 - 7:14 PM

John Lamb kept the Cardinals off the board over six innings on Monday but took a no-decision as the bullpen faltered late and the Reds lost.

Lamb worked around five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. It was a low-scoring affair and J.J. Hoover's leak in the eighth took him out of the running for a win. Monday's effort was the strongest of the rookie's eight starts. Lamb holds a 4.60 ERA with a 1.49 WHIP and a 48/14 K/BB ratio over 43 innings. He'll take on the Mets in a home start next.
Sep 21 - 10:57 PM

John Lamb gave up three runs in four innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 10-inning victory versus the Giants.

All three runs scored in the lefty's final frame on Buster Posey's three-run home run. Lamb allowed six hits overall while striking out three and walking none. Despite a 5.35 ERA, he's kept the Reds in a majority of his seven starts thus far. Lamb will oppose the Cardinals in St. Louis when he takes the mound next.
Sep 16 - 2:23 AM

John Lamb notched his first big-league victory by shutting out the Cardinals for five innings on Thursday.

Lamb walked six and threw 98 pitches in his five innings, so it wasn't a perfect night. Still, he'll take it. Tony Cingrani, Manny Parra, Sam LeCure and Ryan Mattheus finished up the five-hitter in the 11-0 victory. Lamb is 1-3 with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.
Sep 10 - 10:50 PM

John Lamb was knocked around in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday, giving up six runs on nine hits over his 5 2/3 frames.

The left-hander punched out four on the afternoon while walking two. Nearly all of the damage against him came during a five-run uprising in the sixth inning. While he'll have the opportunity to remain in the rotation for the remainder of the season due to the Reds limited options, he now owns a troublesome 6.11 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 33/7 K/BB ratio over 28 innings. He'll once again head in search of his first victory when he does battle against the Pirates on Wednesday.
Sep 5 - 4:41 PM

John Lamb pitched well in Sunday's loss to the Brewers, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings.

Lamb struck out eight without walking a batter. Runs scored on a Ryan Braun solo homer in the first inning and a Jonathan Lucroy RBI single in the third, but he otherwise kept the Brewer offense quiet. Through four major league starts, he holds a tough 5.24 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 29/5 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings. The strikeout rate is certainly spicy, though the rest of his numbers are less exciting. Lamb will head home to face these same Brewers in his next scheduled start.
Aug 30 - 4:58 PM

John Lamb was saddled with the loss on Tuesday, giving up three runs in five innings to the Dodgers.

Lamb allowed an RBI double to Yasiel Puig in the first inning and a two-run home run to Justin Turner in the third. They were two of five hits he served up along with three walks and six strikeouts. Major league hitters haven't had too much trouble hitting him in three starts thus far, as Lamb carries a 6.06 ERA, but he does have a 21/5 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings. He'll look for better results when he takes the hill in Milwaukee against the Brewers.
Aug 25 - 11:09 PM

John Lamb allowed three runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Lamb struck out eight and walked none, but three hits in the fifth and three more in the sixth cost him. His last pitch was his 112th of the night, topping his previous season high by six. The Royals were pretty careful with him, given his status as a Tommy John survivor, so it'll be interesting to see how the Reds handle him. He just isn't one to record quick outs, so his pitch counts can climb in a hurry (in his first very start for the Reds organization, he threw 105 pitches in five innings for Louisville).
Aug 20 - 11:15 PM

John Lamb racked up seven strikeouts over six innings in a losing effort against the Dodgers in his big league debut on Friday.

Lamb surrendered five runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in the ballgame. The bulk of the damage came on one swing, as Adrian Gonzalez clubbed a three-run homer in the fifth inning. He'll look for better results his next time out when he takes on the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Aug 15 - 1:14 AM

Reds recalled LHP John Lamb from Triple-A Louisville.

He'll make his major league debut on Friday against the Dodgers. Acquired last month from the Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade, Lamb has put up a 2.67 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 117/36 K/BB ratio over 111 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season. He's worth a look in deeper leagues.
Aug 14 - 8:31 AM

John Lamb will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start for the Reds on Friday against the Dodgers.

It will be the major league debut for the 25-year-old southpaw who came over as part of the Johnny Cueto trade. Lamb sports a 2.67 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 117/36 K/BB ratio over 111 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season and could be worth a look as a streaming option in deeper mixed leagues for the remainder of the season.
Aug 13 - 6:14 PM

Reds LHP prospect John Lamb allowed just one run and four hits over six innings Saturday in a win for Triple-A Louisville.

It was only Lamb's third start for Louisville after being sent over from Kansas City in the Johnny Cueto trade. He's gone 1-1 in that span with 21 strikeouts and seven walks. The left-hander is 10-2 this year with a stellar 2.67 ERA in 20 starts. Opponents have hit just .222 against him since coming over to Louisville on June 26.
Aug 9 - 5:06 PM

Reds acquired LHPs John Lamb, Brandon Finnegan and Cody Reed from the Royals in exchange for RHP Johnny Cueto and cash considerations.

Lamb was considered a top-20 prospect a few years ago before falling off the map after struggling post-Tommy John surgery. However, he's had a resurgence this season with a 2.67 ERA and 96/29 K/BB ratio over 94 1/3 innings at Triple-A Omaha. Lamb, who turned 25 this month, could get a shot in the Reds' rotation at some point this season.
Jul 26 - 3:12 PM

Royals optioned LHP John Lamb to Triple-A Omaha.

Lamb was only with the club to serve as an extra bullpen arm for Friday's twin-bill against the White Sox. He'll continue to work out of the starting rotation at Triple-A Omaha.
Jul 18 - 8:59 AM

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S1Homer Bailey
2Anthony DeSclafani
3Raisel Iglesias
4Brandon Finnegan
5John Lamb
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7Keyvius Sampson
8Jon Moscot
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R1Aroldis Chapman
2JJ Hoover
3Jumbo Diaz
4Tony Cingrani
5Blake Wood
6Ryan Mattheus
7Carlos Contreras
8Pedro Villarreal
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