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Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL POSTSCRIPT: JAKE LAMB 3B ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

When word came down late in spring training that the Arizona Diamondbacks would install a humidor at Chase Field to help buttress some of the home run tendencies of the park, the thinking was that this would impact the team's lefty sluggers such as third baseman Jake Lamb the most given the dimensions there.  Unfortunately, we were not able to prove this theory due to the fact Lamb endured an injury-marred 2018 campaign that only allowed him to play in 56 ineffective (6 home runs, .222 average) games.  Specifically speaking, Lamb battled shoulder trouble almost from the start of the year and it eventually led to season-ending surgery at the start of August when fraying in the joint was discovered.  While Lamb will be just 28 once the 2019 fantasy baseball season gets underway, he remains a flawed slugger at third base which was seen more in his 2017 campaign when he smacked an impressive 30 home runs but with just a .248 average.  Now having hit under .250 in four of his five MLB campaigns, Lamb is best served as a backup in mixed leagues for the upcoming season.

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