Starting pitching is where most of the wins are considered to be made but relievers and closers are probably just as important (or maybe even more important).
Some say the White Sox bullpen isn’t that great but lately, it has been stepping up, playing better, and closing games out in remarkable fashion. There is one player, in particular, that has taken care of the White Sox middle relief pretty well and that’s Jimmy Lambert.
A little history on Lambert to start off would be good. Lambert came to the White Sox as a fifth-round draft pick, 146th overall, in the 2016 MLB Draft.
He played his college ball at Fresno State. Lambert made his Major League debut with the Sox in 2020 where he pitched two innings during the entire year. He was more of a force in 2021 pitching 13 innings and now in 2022, he has pitched 19.1 innings.
Jimmy Lambert has been very good for the Chicago White Sox this season.
Looking at his stats shows you just how effective he has been so far this season. In the 19.1 innings he has pitched, Lambert has an ERA of 2.79 with two saves in 12 games. He has 16 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.29. He has walked nine and has allowed six earned runs.
Lambert has been on point the last two games striking out three and helping the White Sox keep opposing runs off the board.
This may be a sign that Lambert is improving as a Major League middle man and is becoming an asset to the White Sox pitching staff. With every opportunity, he shows us more and more just how valuable he is to the team.
There are a lot of different components that make up a baseball team. Every player has their place. Righty and lefties have their places.
Batters are used in different ways and pitchers come into the game in different situations based on their skill set. Lambert’s skill set is becoming much more apparent and he is becoming a necessary part of the bullpen.
Look for more of a Lambert as the season goes on and watch him help the Sox hold onto leads and win some games.