With last night's loss to the Orioles, Mike Lamb has officially hit the 50-game mark - the point at which the Twins cut Tony Batista loose in 2006. Batista had 195 plate appearances that season; Lamb has a very comparable 187 so far this year. And here's the tale of the tape:
|OPS in last 20 games||.685||.707|
|BA with RISP||.318||.432|
|BA on balls in play||.276||.266|
|RZR at 3B||.602||.587|
|Out-of-zone plays made||15||14|
|Contract||1yr /$1.25m||2yr /$6.6m|
Apart from the salary - and the contract length - there's really no difference between the two. Still, the fiscal reality of his contract probably precludes the Twins from cutting their losses and ditching Lamb; I suppose the best-case scenario is for the team to play him only against right-handed pitchers, or keep him around to pinch-hit against righties and back up at the corner positions.
In 2006, I remember the Twins' DFA-ing of Batista as a move that was viewed with celebration, not to mention relief, among Twins fans. And so I remain somewhat confused why no similar movement is afoot regarding Lamb.