Reds left-hander John Lamb, a 25-year-old prospect acquired from the Royals in the Johnny Cueto trade last month, will be called up from the minors to make his MLB debut Friday.
Lamb cracked Baseball America’s top-100 prospects list in 2011, but then underwent Tommy John elbow surgery and struggled for two seasons before bouncing back in 2014. He’s taken another big step forward this season at Triple-A, posting a 2.67 ERA and 117/36 K/BB ratio in 111 innings.
Along with Lamb the Reds also received fellow left-handers Brandon Finnegan and Cody Reed in the July 26 deal for Cueto, who has a 2.05 ERA through three starts for the Royals. Lamb’s debut will come against the Dodgers.
Royals 4, Tigers 0
Johnny Cueto made his Royals home debut Monday night and threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout against the Tigers in front of 36,000 fans at Kauffman Stadium. Cueto struck out eight, walked zero, and threw 86 of 116 pitches for strikes to extend the Royals’ winning streak to four games.
Oh, and then there’s this from the Associated Press recap:
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto’s delivery was illegal, saying Cueto was stopping in his windup.
“Really, the way the rule reads, you’re not supposed to even alter your motion,” Ausmus said. “That’s the way the rule reads. They don’t enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it’s an illegal pitch.”
It’s called The Cueto Wiggle and we’re all familiar with it, Brad.
Kansas City now has a 12-game lead in the AL Central and a 13.5-game lead over third-place Detroit.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Monday …
White Sox 8, Angels 2
Orioles 3, Mariners 2
Mets 4, Rockies 2
Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 3
Nationals 8, Dodgers 3
Padres 2, Reds 1
Dodgers president Stan Kasten said to MLB Network Radio on Sunday that the club won’t worry until after the season about starter Zack Greinke potentially opting out of his contract.
Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers in December 2012. The contract includes an opt-out clause after three seasons. So, if Greinke wanted to, he could opt out and hit the market as a free agent this off-season. If he decides to stay with the Dodgers, he would be owed $71 million over the final three years of the contract.
Greinke leads the majors with a 1.71 ERA. In a free agent class that will include Johnny Cueto, David Price, Scott Kazmir, and Jordan Zimmermann, Greinke would rank at the head of the class and likely could land a bigger contract.