For the second time in six days, Rockies rookie Peter Lambert beat the Chicago Cubs on their very own turf.
Whether or not the ballpark is at Addison and Clark in Wrigleyville or 20th and Blake in Wrigleyville West, it doesn’t matter. Lambert is a Cubbies-killer.
Fly the W? Not right here, in LoDo. Or there, on the North Aspect.
Hey, Chicago: Take that L on the best way out.
In his second major-league begin, Lambert beat the Cubs for the second time. This time, regardless of refugees from the Windy Metropolis trying an unfriendly takeover of the Coors Subject confines, this younger right-hander went 5 robust innings and despatched half the group of 43,126 again dwelling to cry of their Previous Type after a 10-Three loss to Colorado.
Rockies win, Rockies win, Rockies win!
In any baseball season that begins with 12 losses in 15 video games, it virtually actually requires a bit of magic for a workforce to recuperate and make a severe run on the playoffs. If the Rockies have any hope of taking part in video games that matter in October, that magic will in all probability should be named Lambert.
“I don’t need to put an additional stress on myself,” Lambert stated Tuesday, “as a result of that’s going to harm me ultimately. I’m simply attempting to go on the market and make high quality pitches.”
As a lot as any of us may want for common supervisor Jeff Bridich to make a giant commerce for a longtime, veteran pitcher, in-season blockbuster offers usually are not the Rockies’ model. So Marcus Stroman of Toronto in all probability isn’t strolling by the doorways of the Colorado clubhouse anytime quickly, in no small half as a result of franchise proprietor Dick Monfort is extraordinarily reluctant to half methods with any of his “children” within the group.
The place does that depart this boy band from Colorado within the hunt for a wild-card berth? At a time when the beginning rotation is nearer to a dumpster hearth than anybody would care to confess, supervisor Bud Black actually had just one alternative when he broke glass in case of emergency. He reached in, grabbed Lambert from the minor leagues and instructed the workforce’s second-round decide within the 2015 draft to go get ’em.
On a late-spring night with a touch of autumn within the air, Lambert allowed the Cubs nothing extra damaging than a solo dwelling run by Jason Heyward within the second inning. In two outings towards Chicago, his earned run common is a sterling 1.50, with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
However what you must dig most about Lambert is the take-no-prisoners battle in his method. There’s a bit of little bit of the swagger that made LoDo fall in love with Kyle Freeland a 12 months in the past. Though Lambert doesn’t put on emotion on his sleeve within the method of Ok-Free, you’ve obtained to admire a rookie who fearlessly spins 76 mph breaking balls within the skinny air of the Mile Excessive Metropolis.
“You may’t take it because the altitude goes to alter your pitch,” Lambert stated. “I’m simply on the market, attempting to throw it as if I used to be pitching at sea degree.”
What’s extra, Lambert plunked Cubs star Kris Bryant not as soon as, however twice, with a pitch whereas attempting to work the interior half the plate, a lot to the dismay of the partisan Chicago crowd at Coors.
And perhaps most spectacular of all: Within the fourth inning, Lambert went operating, diving and sliding after a weak popup off the bat of Wilson Contreras with such gusto he left the ugliest divot I’ve seen within the grass for the reason that final time I made the error of taking the 2-iron out of my golf bag.
The daredevil catch earned Lambert a bruised knee.
“He stated: ‘Buddy, I’m OK,’ ” recalled Black. Glad with that assurance, the supervisor replied: “OK, throw strikes.”
Can this rookie win 10 or 12 video games for the Rockies in 2019? Is that an excessive amount of to dream?
With a 35-31 report, Colorado is again within the playoff dialog, as a result of the wild card means by no means having to say you’re sorry for a flawed 25-man roster.
Going ahead, necessity will power Black to lean closely on pitcher German Marquez (age 24), outfielder David Dahl (25), second baseman Brendan Rodgers (22) and Lambert (22).
Third baseman Nolan Arenado and shortstop Trevor Story are the established stars of this workforce. However how a lot noise the Rockies could make this summer season will largely depend upon how onerous this boy band rocks.