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First Pitch: It’s Not Time to Free Andrew Lambo…Yet

First Pitch: It’s Not Time to Free Andrew Lambo…Yet

#FreeAndrewLambo? Not yet. Photo Credit: David Hague.

Andrew Lambo went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk tonight. In his 17 games with Indianapolis he has a .317/.397/.698 line in 63 at-bats, with six homers.

Travis Snider currently has a .233/.304/.350 line in 206 at-bats in the majors. He started off hot, with a .300 average and a .799 OPS in April. However, he dropped to a .675 OPS in May, and a .492 OPS so far in June.

#FreeAndrewLambo?

Not yet. For one, Lambo has just 63 at-bats. That's where Voros' Law comes into play, with the theory that "Any major league hitter can hit just about anything in 60 at bats." I'm not sure how that applies to minor league hitters, but I think the underlying message is that 60 at-bats is too small of a sample size to draw any conclusions. In this case, Lambo is crushing the ball, but the sample size is too small to say he needs to go up and replace Travis Snider.

If you want to talk about a larger sample size, Lambo did have a .291/.35...

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