The Pirates, coming off a sweep at the hands of the sub .500 Colorado Rockies, called up 25-year-old Andrew Lambo today. Lambo, acquired from the Dodgers in a 2010 trade, will arrive with the Buccos just in time for their important three game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, who sit exactly three games back in the National League Central Division race.
Hitting a combined .284 with 31 dingers and 97 runs driven in through 117 games combined between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis this season, Lambo could be the coveted power bat that the Pirates were unable to secure near the trade deadline. However, this may be a tall order for the heavy hitting career minor leaguer.
Time will tell if he is able to provide any sort of spark to the struggling offense of the Pirates or if he struggles to find his niche in the majors. While this was a move that many people in baseball expected to happen, some may be slightly surprised that it occurred before the roster expanded in September. Perhaps the Pirates feel that it may be too late by then to try Lambo out, because they are scoring a mediocre 3.86 runs per game, which ranks only 23rd among 30 major league teams.
If the lefty can make use of the short porch in right field at PNC Park before the proverbial “book” on him is out to big league pitchers, he may be able to jump in and help out. Still, it is a fine line that is being tread when you call up a rookie in the middle of a pennant chase and put your hope in him to knock the ball out of the yard more than what the players you have on the current roster could do.