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First Pitch: There’s No Reason to Keep Andrew Lambo in Altoona

First Pitch: There’s No Reason to Keep Andrew Lambo in Altoona

Andrew Lambo should be in Indianapolis starting over Brett Carroll and Felix Pie. Photo Credit: David Hague.

At the start of the 2013 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of options in the outfield. They had to make some difficult cuts at the end of Spring Training, cutting the hot hitting Alex Presley and Felix Pie in favor of Jose Tabata and Travis Snider. The outfield in the majors had some major question marks. Starling Marte wasn't established, and Snider and Tabata had both seen their prospect stock fall. With question marks on either side of Andrew McCutchen, the team needed some depth in Indianapolis.

That doesn't seem to be the case now. There's a #MartePartay every night, it seems. Travis Snider is hitting for a .294/.368/.397 line in 68 at-bats, and only five of those at-bats have come against left-handers. He'd be in a perfect position to platoon with Jose Tabata, but Tabata is 1-for-20 against left-handers. That's hiding the fact that he's hitting for a .310/.412...

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