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Lambin's Consistent Approach
"Consistency - you can't be good one and bad the next," said Chase Lambin. "You got to have good at-bats day in [and] day out. You can't throw away at-bats, both sides, left handed, right handed. A guy like me, playing the position of the utility kind of guy, I can't be out there wasting at-bats."
"I got to be the guy who's going to scrap out two strike hits and hit deep in the count, have good at-bats. So, I just mainly focus on having quality at-bats."
On Sunday, May 13, he went 1-4 with a double off the wall in the 5th inning against the Huntsville Stars after lining out to right on a hard hit ball in his first plate appearance. He was patient and drove a pitch he could hit.
"Right-handed I was really trying to stay the other way, because a lot of lefties stay away. So I was thinking that way, and I got a fastball over the plate, put my stick on it," he said in describing his double.
"If I start pulling off is when I get in trouble from either side, so the more I can stay in through the ball, the better for me."
He tends to drive the ball to the opposite field, which has contributed to his .259 batting average. Lambin has been able to hit two home runs and produce 12 RBI's this season.
"Right-handed I like to go the other way. Left-handed, I try to, but it doesn't work so well. I've got more of a pull swing left-handed," he revealed.
He was steady defensively, except for one error in the 6th inning, as he did an excellent job at fielding balls and coordinating the infielders while playing shortstop, his natural position.
"It's tough, because when you play second, third, short, you've got to be sharp at all of them," said the utility player. "You've got to be consistent; you can't be lackadaisical, like today I laid back on a ball that's just a mental mistake."
"I've got to be on my toes more, and come get that ball. So it's just those little things, not making those mistakes. I felt pretty good recently, it's just you got to stay in the game and stay consistent."
The utility switch hitter understands and cherishes the opportunity to play everyday, as he wants to continue to improve and stay consistent.
"I would just say, consistency," he said of what he'd like to improve upon, "that's what everybody is looking for and everybody at this level has talent and tools. You know it's just the guy who can do it day in and day out. It's mentally tough enough to handle an 0 for 4 and come back the next day and do well, or be 0 for 2 and still have good at-bats."
"It's just the maturation of the complete player, where he can take one at-bat at a time and take each ground ball one at a time - that's just becoming a complete player."
(Photos exclusively Copyright © 2007 Nikolaus Johnson Controlled Images)
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