Chicago White Sox fans might be finding it a little difficult to recognize the names of some of the pitchers that have been in the starting lineup lately. Vince Velasquez and Jimmy Lambert aren’t exactly household names for White Sox fans but we have gotten to learn those names over the past few days.
The White Sox took a loss in the final game of their series on Thursday as they couldn’t generate much offense in a 5-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Lambert was the starting pitcher in this one and while he didn’t blow it, he was responsible for a couple of runs that started off the scoring for the Mariners.
Lambert pitched a total of three innings on the day. Maybe he could have gone a little farther but manager Tony LaRussa wasn’t going to risk anything so they pulled him after the third. In those three innings pitched, he gave up a home run to Jared Kelenic which put the White Sox behind for good.
He threw 49 pitches with 27 of those being strikes and allowed two hits total including the home run. Two runs were scored on the home run by Kelenic. He did only walk one batter which is nice to see. However, he only had one strikeout in his entire time on the mound.
Jimmy Lambert mostly did his job in the first start of the 2022 White Sox season.
It’s going to be interesting to see if the Sox utilizes Lambert in the future. Take away the home run and he didn’t pitch bad at all in his first start this season. He has some good tools and with some growth and development, he just might turn into an effective starter.
For right now, he’s going to fill in for the missing starters like Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito. We have to hope he doesn’t lose many games.
The White Sox are 1-1 in games with guys that weren’t a part of the normal rotation in 2021. Velasquez won his first start. He was efficient yet effective. Lambert was efficient too but giving up the home run was his downfall.
Every starter usually gives up something so it will be interesting to see where this goes from here. It’s up to the offense to help keep things even and win the game. The White Sox offense was flat and didn’t give Lambert much help.
Expect to see Lambert in the lineup again sometime soon. He proved that he could pitch well and not lose total control of a game. With the shortage of starters, the Sox are going to hope that he can remain in the rotation (for now) and contribute at least until the starters are back and healthy.